Monday, 4 November 2013

Wrist Angles

By Darren

Putting hard work and effort into fine-tuning your backswing is an investment every aspiring golf player should take the time to yield. The are many tips and tricks that can help you develop better form and aim.  But the best overall advice is to stick with the basics, especially if you are a beginner or even an amateur golfer.

Every golfer wants to hit the ball with as much power and accuracy as he or she can possibly muster up, of course without sacrificing form and balance. So in order to accomplish this, you must be able to give the ball everything you've got, but without “coming over the top”, as it is commonly referred to.

This term describes a swing flaw which causes the clubhead to veer off to the outside of your target line during the downswing. The result of such a shot? A horrendous slice.

Come From The Inside

To avoid such a terminal shot, you must learn how to avoid coming over the top and keeping your clubhead from moving outside of the target line. This can be accomplished by simply working on a technique which is opposite of coming over the top: come at the ball from the inside.

The most accurate and powerful of golfers can accomplish this each and every time they try, but coming at the ball from the inside may be easier said than done for the beginner golf player. Practice is key and once you get the hang of it, you can rid yourself of that terrible slice shot by making impact with the ball from a downswing which comes from the inside of the target line ever so slightly.

How To Train Yourself

There are drills that you can practice which will help you train yourself so that you can come from the inside on your swing whenever needed. Below is a simple training procedure known as a swing path drill:

1. Take 3 tees and placed them into the turf approximately 3 to 4 inches apart from one another, and in a perfect line at a 45° angle with your target line. If you are a right-handed golfer then the line should be pointing to your left foot. Make sure that you have enough room in between each tee so that you can swing the club through.

2.  Now it is time to find your swing path. Take out your 5-iron and initiate a few swings by attempting to hit the top portion of the middle tee. In order to do so, your clubhead must pass between the outside tees in a pathway best described as “in-to-out” in order to avoid contact with them.

By practicing this technique and hitting the middle tee in this fashion on a consistent basis, you are making contact correctly from the inside. If you happen to hit the outside tees then you are still coming over the top and need more practice on your swing.