Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Roll Over Your Shots

"Roll Over Your Shots"
By Sean & Stef Mysel

Probably the most important aspect of hitting great golf shots is control of the club face.  Ultimately the club face is going to dictate where the ball will end up in terms of distance and direction.  In teaching students at our practice facility, I teach extremes to learn how each shot feels.  Those who hit slices are taught to hook and vice versa.  One way we can control the club face is the rotation of our arms through the golf swing.  While some movements become difficult to control at high swing speeds, this is one area where we can actually build up better control over our shots and their shapes.  Watch this video of world #1 Rory McIlroy:

Watch as his backswing begins, his left arm rolls over the right arm which happens gradually.  As McIlroy comes through the ball, his right arm rolls back over the left arm which has the effect of closing the club face.

A great way to practice this is to rotate the left arm immediately upon taking the club back.  What happens here is this creates a situation where the torque created by this rotation will force the right arm to roll over the left arm and square up the face.

Keep in mind there is some timing involved with this so start off slow and gradually increase your swing speeds.  Roll on!

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