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Question on Diagnosing Problems:

How do I prevent the occasional casting?
--Dave R. from Waikoloa, HI

Hi Dave. Thanks for writing

There are many reasons why a player casts and it is a HUGE problem among not only high handicappers, but some good players as well. Without seeing your swing it's hard for me to know exactly why you are casting.

In the meantime, I would suggest two things.

1) Focus on moving something else. In other words, start the downswing with your lower body and keep your core rotating through the shot. When you don't use your body (hips) or if they slow up or stop during the swing, then energy has to go somewhere, so it transfers into your arms and hands too soon. If you simply leave your arms and hands alone and let them fall naturally by letting gravity takeover and be aggressive with your core, you should stop throwing it from the top.

2) When you make practice swings exaggerate a super wide takeaway and then a narrow downswing where the shaft moves in closer to your right shoulder. Most who cast are narrow going up and then because they have no place to go get wide coming down. Wide to narrow should be your mantra. And you have to really exaggerate it and just let go. If you can video tape yourself doing this in a practice swing and then compare to your regular swing and you should see a huge difference.

Also here's a drill you may try.
Double Pump Drill:
Double Pump Drill

Give this a try and let me know how it goes.



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