Monday, March 19, 2012

Letting Gravity Do Its Work - Golf Swing

"Letting Gravity Do Its Work - Golf Swing"
By Sean & Stef Mysel
3/19/12

In constantly reading golf instruction books, I came across an idea from Jim McLean's "Slot Swing" book that I wanted to share.  Of all the swing flaws you see at the range, the most common is the over-the-top slice/hook swing that plagues so many beginner and high handicap players.  Typically what happens is during the backswing the shaft of the club is initially swung on a flat plane and then looped upwards to a steep angle.  From there, the player rolls his/her back shoulder into their down swing into an even steeper angle which usually opens the club face and causes a high slice to the right (for righties).  In McLean's book, there's a section called "Club Balance" where he talks about weight relationship between the club head and our bodies.

As we can see, most of the weight in the golf club is placed in the head itself.  Our bodies act as a fulcrum for the weight of the golf club.  When we tend to take the club back too flat and then swing it upwards, we now are in a steeper position at the top with a laid off plane away from the target line.  In fact, the illustration in the book shows two positions at the top:  one that's light where the club is on plane and parallel with our target line and the other that's flat and laid off at the top which makes the club feel heavier.  When you bring the club back, try taking it back more upright and letting the hands and arms drop to your right side as you take the club through impact.  What happens, as McLean illustrates is the club begins flattening out towards the bottom of the swing and produces cleaner, more consistent ball striking.  A great person to watch, although at the extreme end of looping the club into position is Jim Furyk.  Furyk is considered one of the best ball strikers on the PGA Tour but has a tremendous knack for getting the shaft of the club to flatten out during the down swing.  Take a look: