Golf Practice "H"

Hand On Post To Stop Swaying

Concept: Weight shift is related to the shape of your body throughout the swing with regard to two masses: the weight of your upper and lower body.

Players who try to shift “weight” laterally during their back swing will change their body shape at some point due to the natural reaction to stay balanced and “sway”. This is what creates a reverse pivot, one of our game’s most common swing faults.

Swings created with incorrect weight concepts produce reverse pivots because of the pressure moving in the wrong direction. This creates arms swings that have to wait or stall in relation to the body producing a less powerful swing.

Action: Use a long stick, for example, a broom or even a pole, and hold onto it with your left arm. With the golf club in your right arm, practice making swings without moving the left side of your body away from the pole.

Handshake

Concept: If you have formed the habit of setting up with too much body shape leaning too far right with the top half of your body, chances are it is the result of trying to lift the ball into the air.

I explain to beginners by purchasing their clubs they own the loft that gets the ball into the air and all they should be thinking about is making the ball go forward.

Action: Hold the club with your left hand grip and lift it up parallel to the ground. Bring your right hand around as if you are shaking hands with the club and keep your right shoulder high. Place the club on the ground, maintaining this feel.

Hands In Club Out

Concept: The golf swing is a combination of up and down and around. The correct golf technique involves the body going around and the arms going up and down.

When a person tilts, this pattern is reversed and we see the arms going out and around and the body going up and down.

Action: Place the butt end of the club against your navel and make practice swings keeping the handle connected to the body in the early part of your backswing.

When your arms go out as a habit you will be fighting against the club handle wanting to come off your body and point outwards.

Heel Line Vs. Straight Line

Concept: The correct path of the putter travels along the heel line.

To help your stroke stay on line, keep your head, shoulders and legs as still as possible. This will help you swing the putter with mostly your arms and hands.

Action: Place the heel of your putter up against a hard surface such as a block of wood. Practice your putting stroke, keeping the heel of the putter against the surface. You will notice the face of the putter opening and closing in relation to the swing arc, this is correct.

Without this heel line concept, if you were to swing the putter back straight along the target line you would be closing the face relative to the arc, from where you would have to open it. This type of stroke makes left to right putts very difficult.

Hooking the Ball

Concept: A hooked shot pattern is a problem, mainly because when you hook the ball you tend to repeat the mistake, much as you do when you start to shank. On the course, the ball tends to finish over the back of the green.

Action: Cut off your follow through. Stop the club head 1 to 2 feet after impact and keep the club face open. This will eliminate any flipping of your wrists through the ball.

Also, check your right hand grip. Make sure you have it gripped in the fingers and keep the v of the right hand pointing toward your right ear.