Golfswingdoctors Database of Specific Golf Swing Problems
and Solutions
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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;

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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