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Is it better to swing inside/out or outside/in or neither?
--Dorothy M.

Hi Dorothy.

You should try to swing inside/out for several reasons. First of all I want you to think of your set up with the ball. You are standing on the inside of the ball and you are pivoting. If the club stays connected with your pivot it will swing around on an arc. To get the club outside of the ball, something must disconnect and get out of sequence.

When you swing on an inside/out path you will be able to hit a straight ball or a draw which are the more commonly desired ball flights.

Also, when you attack the ball from an inside path you get more of a direct hit on the golf ball increasing power. Often times when you swing outside/in you are getting more of a glancing blow and therefore weaker hit.

Keep in mind that to get the club to the inside of the ball you need to initiate the downswing with your lower body which then transfers the energy to your upper body and then arms. You use a lot more of your core and power muscles this way and it's an efficient transfer of energy into the golf ball. When most people swing outside/in they start their downswing with their arms which gets their swing out of sequence. They end up hitting and generating power more with the weaker muscles of their arms and hands as opposed to using their larger muscles.

I hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions.

Thank you.


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