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How to get back to the slot?
--Tony S. from Orlando, FL

Hi Tony. Thanks for writing MyGolfInstructor.com.

To drop the club in the slot simply means to let your arms free fall from the top of your swing. What plagues most golfers is that they use their arms and shoulders too early in the downswing often pushing the arms and that forces an early release and/or an over the top swing plane.

When your shoulders open up too soon and spin towards the target your arms follow and are thrown out away from your body. For this reason it is very important to keep your back at the target until your arms have dropped in the slot. At that point you can then rotate your shoulders towards the target as you approach from a nice inside path.

Sequence is everything here. Good players swing to the top, drop the club on plane and then turn to the target. Higher handicappers rush things skipping the middle step the drop to the target. They simply swing to the top and then turn quickly in the transition towards the target. In lessons it is often just a matter of getting the student to slow their transition from backswing to downswing a bit and make a better sequence.

To help you feel this try these drills:

Back to the Target:
Back to the Target

Double Pump Drill:
Double Pump Drill

Move the Angles Drill:
Move the Angles Drill

I hope this helps. Give these a try and let me know how it goes.

Thanks.

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