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Across the Line

Across the Line refers to when a golfer's club points to the right of their target line at the top of the swing (for right handed players). There's an old saying in golf that where the club points at the top is where the ball will end up. While this is not true 100% of the time, it is most of the time. Thus it is important to have the golf club pointed to the target at the top of the golf swing. The club often gets "across the line" when it goes too far inside early in the takeaway.

Across the Line Drills

Across the Line Tips

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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 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.

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