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I tend to swing with my arms and shoulders and do not use my body/hips enough in the downswing & follow through. What can I do?
Hi Maria; my question is do most pros hit the ball (at the moment of impact) with the left side or right hand? How involved is the right hand or right side?
Any ideas on how I can prevent myself from coming too far inside on my back swing?
What does having an outside/in swing mean?
I feel as though I over-cock my wrists on my back-swing. What are some things I can try to do to prevent this from happening?
What is harder to fix, a slice or hook?
What does being "laid off" mean in your swing?
I tend to hit behind the ball more than through the ball. Any suggestions or tips for how I can train myself to hit more through the ball?
How important is it that I keep my left arm straight on my back swing (I am right handed).
What should you focus on to avoid over swinging?

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  • Checking Your Swing Plane is Simple

    Mastering your swing plane is simple. At all times in your swing, your club will either be pointed at or parallel to your target line. If you can check that at various points in your swing, you will be sure to stay on plane. At address, your club is pointed to the target line. Then on your first move back it will run parallel to it by time the club reaches parallel to the ground. After you then cock your wrists, your club will be pointed back to the target line and so on.

  • Your Swing Plane Varies a Bit Between Clubs

    Your swing plane will vary a slight bit when you go from shorter to longer clubs. As the club gets longer, the plane will flatten. Allow the design of the club and your slight change in posture to alter your swing plane. Don't try to swing differently, but just let the club length and set up do their job. It's hard enough to master one swing!

  • Keep Your Club on Plane on Both Sides

    The club should be on plane on both sides of the swing. The swing plane doesn't stop at impact, but rather continues through the follow through and finish. Remember the backswing and follow through should be mirror images of one another. Typically, if you are on a flat plane on the backswing, your downswing and follow through will match and also be flat. This means you have a single plane between your backswing, downswing and follow through. We get into trouble, when the backswing and downswing planes vary greatly.

  • Your Left Elbow Should Point at the Target Line at Half Way

    To help check your swing plane, when you are half way back in your swing, your left elbow (for right handers) should point back at the target line. If your elbow points too much in front of you (outside the target line) your club will lay back on a flat plane. If your elbow points inside the target line the shaft will tip over the swing plane.

  • A Steep Plane Leads to Pop Ups

    If your swing plane is too steep, you will have a hard time hitting a ball off of tees because you will tend to pop it up. If this is the case, try making a few practice swings where you actually miss the ball by swinging over the top of it. This will give the feeling of a flatter plane and level angle of attack. Make your driver swing feel a little more like baseball to level it out.

  • Your Entire Swing Takes Place Inside the Target Line

    Because you are standing to the inside of the golf ball and are turning your shoulders, your swing should take place on the inside of the target line. The only reason it should cross over and get on the outside of the target line would be if you want to intentionally cut or slice the ball. It's important to keep your upper arms snug to your chest to keep your arms working in connection with your pivot.

  • Backswing and Forward Swing are Mirror Images

    The back swing and forward swing (after impact) should be mirror images of each other. Halfway back in the backswing and halfway through in the follow through, the butt end of your club should be pointed back at the target line. If it is pointed outside of the target line your swing is too flat. If it is pointed inside the target line your swing is too steep.

  • Keep Your Hands in the Lead

    To store your energy and unleash it into the ball, make sure your hands stay in the lead well in front of the club head on the way down. Allowing the clubhead to pass your hands before impact throws all the energy out of the golf club and causes deceleration. When the clubhead passes your hands you are no longer in control of it either. This can cause shots to spray left and right or come out thin or fat.

  • Stay Smooth

    Always swing smooth. Remember with more speed the ball will pop up higher. It's important to not jump at the ball, but rather have your acceleration slowly building on the way down so it maximizes at impact. When you jump at the ball from the top you will accelerate there and then decelerate into the ball. This will make the flight of the ball come out low.

  • Stay Back For Loft

    If you are having problems hitting your shots too low, make sure to keep your head and sternum back to help you catch the ball on the upswing. When your swing center is back, you will swing up more and have more loft on the face by time you get to the ball. Getting your head in front of the ball too early in the downswing will cause you to smother the shot.

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