Club Path is our topic this month.
One aspect of the swing that is sometimes overlooked is the path the club travels on the back swing and on the down swing. Ideally you want to create a path that leaves the ball and comes back to the ball at the same point. Most golfers take the club back inside the target line too quickly and are forced to compensate on the down swing to make solid contact.
Here is a simple drill to check your path on both the back swing and the downswing. Use two alignment rods or golf clubs for this drill. Place one rod across your toes, extending down the line of your back swing. Place the second rod across your heel line extending towards the target. At address start the club back and when you hands get to waste high stop your swing and check the club position. The shaft should be parallel to the ground and in line with the rod at your toes. Then from this point make a down swing and the shaft of the club should be parallel to the ground at waste high on your follow through and in line with the rod at your heels.
Once you have mastered this with a swing from waste high to waste high you can begin to make full back swings and downswings again trying to keep the club in the proper position going back and on the follow through. This gives you the best chance of solid contact and producing a swing that will make the ball fly straight.
During your next practice session try this easy drill out and if you need more help give us a call at the proshop for more instruction.