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Getting on the right swing path
Rating: 3.04 / 5 (228 votes)  
Posted: 2007 Mar 02 - 02:57

I'm sure that most of you have heard the term "inside-out" as it refers to swing path.

Many golfers feel that's desirable, and strive to achieve this pattern of movement. If you want to hit big pushes to the right or duck hooks to the left, this move will oblige.

The correct path to follow is inside to square to inside. We're trying to swing the club on an arc that touches the target line but does not cross the line.

When we cross the line, both power and direction are compromised and consistent results will not happen. How do we get on the right path? Let's see if we can sort this out.

Knowing how the arms work properly in the swing will go a long way to correcting a poor swing path.

In my most recently published column, I discussed the left side vs. the right and how this information would aid power in the swing. I'd like to take this concept a little further, so you will understand that power and direction are closely related.

In an efficient motion, the club travels in a circle on a plane that satisfies the club being used. When a golfer attempts to guide or steer the club on pre-planned path, the swing becomes disconnected and out of sequence. We want freedom of motion and club head speed.

Trying to manipulate the club mid-swing is next to impossible. If we arrange the arms correctly before we swing and move the body the proper way, the club will follow a natural path controlled by centrifugal force. This is another way to say release the club, not steer it.

A good drill to try to get the feel of the club "orbiting" the body instead of crossing it, is to make level baseball-like swings several times at a steady pace. Feel how the arms and body work as an unfettered unit.

Now, assume your golf posture and keep the same motion alive by letting the club scribe it's own path. It should feel nice and free with little effort either physically or mentally.

When the club is "free-wheeling," it tends to seek its truest path at the greatest speed possible. That's control at its best. This is the "picture" you should have in your mind when seeking to hit directly to your target.

Follow this path to better scores and more fun.

The purpose of this article, and others I've written, is to clear up the many myths this game has. I've been called a rebel with a cause (among other things), but I feel obligated to set the record straight.

Many athletes from other sports have told me that golf was the hardest game to excel at. Here you have very talented people struggling to hit a golf ball well, when if given proper instruction, would find that golf can be fairly easy to enjoy.

Want to play better? Go see your friendly PGA professional and let him set you on the "path" to improvement.

Yours for better golf.

Del Starks is a PGA teaching professional at Abacoa Golf Club in Jupiter. Contact him at (561) 262-0708, e-mail pbnews@hometownnewsol.com or visit www.delstarks.com.





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