These are problems experienced by golfswingdoctors members in a quick reference format. As our members submit more questions this database will grow.
Hitting sculls, grounders and shanks with clubs higher than a 7 while hitting the wedges, 8 and 9 irons ok?
Don’t pick the club up on your backswing
This is the most common cause for this problem. Most golfers tend to pick up their irons on the take away. While you’re able to get away with this with the shorter clubs, it typically turns the longer clubs into a bunch of sculls, grounders and shanks. Remember to swing your longer clubs more like a wood by dragging the club along the top of the grass as far as you can in your takeaway. This allows you to set your wrists properly and allows for a full rotation, which it crucial for setting the club at the top. With a full rotation and proper set at the top, you’ll be less likely to try to kill the ball or rush the swing from the top like you do when the swing doesn’t "feel right".
Remember when doing this to keep the flex in your knees and do not allow yourself to sway by focusing on the ball, instead of looking at how far you drag the club back and you’ll be happy with the results.
Can't stop hitting the Driver dead left!
Too much movement in your backswing
The most common cause for this problem is movement within the golfswing. There are two types of movement planes that cause this problem - toward/away from the ball and toward/away from the target. We'll show you how to fix both.
Toward/Away from the ball
This problem happens when you move weight to your toes during the backswing and move too close to the ball. The killer is the imperceptible movement. This move is so slight you can hardly feel it and results in either an over the top downswing move to get back to ball. This is because a movement of your head (your body follows) of only 2 inches toward the ball will cause you to miss half the ball if you follow your intended (and correct) inside-out downswing path. Since your eyes and body know you're swing plane is off and your brain wants to hit the ball on the clubface - your body automatically reroutes the downswing to get the clubface on the ball. Unfortunately, the only route is a path that travels outside-in since the desired inside-out path to the ball is blocked and would result in a miss if followed. But since you have enough basic hand-eye coordination and athletic talent to play the game, you body automatically reverts to the outside-in path in order to meet the intended objective of hitting the ball.
While the small movement is basically imperceptible, there are clues to let you know what is going on. They are;
Your front shoulder is striking your chin in the backswing.
Your shoulders are pointing down toward the ball at the top of your swing.
You feel all your weight on the balls of your feet or your heels.
You go from hitting grounders to the left to hitting shots low and left with a draw to hitting long left shots that feel wonderful off the clubface.
You feel yourself casting the club from the top but can't stop it.
You feel like your lifting or going up on your toes at impact.
The best news is that fixing movement is relatively easy. Start with a good base position by balancing your weight between the balls of your feet and your heels. If you played any type of sport the position you should be in is the "ready position" (click here for more information on this subject). In this position you are so well balanced that a push in any direction will not knock you off you feet and you'll be able to react to any situation. Next, focus on the separation distance between your head and the golf ball. Keep this distant constant during the backswing. Do not dip down and keep your head level through the golfswing. That's it, but remember the key is to keep you head still during the swing. If your head moves the body will follow!
Toward/Away from the Target
Your weight transfer is not correct. Sometimes during the backswing there is a tendency to sway away from the target. If this happens, and we do not move back toward the target on our downswing the same distance we swayed, our weight will stay on the back foot causing a pull. The best way to overcome this problem is to stop the sway.
Make a conscious effort to start the back swing with a rotation of the body at hips instead of sway (be sure to rotate your body not your hips!). At the top of the back swing ensure the back faces the target and the back leg is firm, while flexed at the knee. A stiff/straight back leg almost always results in a sway so, unless you have the talent of Bobby Jones, keep flex in the back leg. Stay focused on the ball instead of focusing on the path of the back swing and let your swing flow.
With all this great golf advice don't forget your spouse and your family. As advised in Ephesians 5:22-33 Husbands love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.... each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. Treating your family best of all will pay dividends in life and in golf!
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