When I really want to hit an important shot (especially when I want to avoid hitting out of bounds to the right) I often tighten-up, rush the back-swing and end up spraying my shot to the right (even with a straight arm back-swing). Hallelujah, I finally discovered that I was rushing my back-swing and limiting the rotation of my shoulders and spine.
BINGO! Slow down, loosen the grip and take time for the shoulder rotation, back-swing and wrist hinge.
Straight arm in the back swing is so important but if you don’t rotate your shoulders and spine you will never swing from the inside or finish in a single plane down the target line. SO DON’T RUSH THE BACK SWING. Let it happen.
Brent Snedeker showed beautiful form as he won the Canadian Open just 600 yards from where I am writing this Swing Tip. I could feel the vibes.
Recurring themes in blogs that I received over the past week:
- Straight arm in the back-swing is wasted if you let your lagging elbow fly like a chicken wing.
- For some time Jack Nicklaus turned his head to the right and focused with his left eye on the ball during his setup. He felt that because he was left eye dominant that his right eye was distorting his focus on his ball. What he was really doing is initiating (or allowing) the rotation of his shoulders and spine in the back-swing.
- Mike Breed feels that a pre-swing waggle loosens up the arms and hands. Mike Weir had a better idea. He does a pre-swing waggle by taking his club back to start the shoulders and spine moving. The Jason Dufner waggle seems to be a nervous tension release. The Weir Waggle is just loosening up the shoulder rotation (to avoid swinging over the top). Try it!
- Jim McLean at the Trump Doral Golf Resort reminded us to stay connected. Rotate the arms back and keep the body rotating back and then through the shot. “Stay connected.”
- Martin Chuck, Revolution Golf Blog suggests: Tuck a golf glove under your arm pit to keep the trailing arm connected to the body. It also forces an inside out swing.
GOLFSTR+ helps you train for wrist hinge, flat wrist and straight leading arm in the back-swing but it’s all wasted if you rush the back-swing and forget to rotate your spine & shoulders; swing from the inside and swing up the target line. That is how I found my Hallelujah Moment for consistent hits. You will be amazed.
Set your goal to break 100 or 90 or 80 on your next round. Keep your mind focused and don’t freeze up before you complete your back-swing with a nice straight leading arm and flat wrist.