How To Break 80 Newsletter
May 10, 2006
“The Web’s Most Popular Golf Improvement Newsletter”
In this issue we’ll discuss…
1) To Waggle or Not To Waggle
2) How to Avoid “Early Turn Syndrome”
1) To Waggle or Not To Waggle
Gripping a club too tightly destroys your swing. Tense hands lead to tense arms, which in turn lead to tense shoulders. Anything that “tightens you up” restricts the body from making a free-flowing swing, causing a loss of power, a mis-hit, or another fault.
Waggling the club is often the antidote. Waggling consists of moving the club back and forth before striking the ball. You see it most often on the tee, although professional players use it on other parts of the course as well. To produce the waggle, you need to lighten up on your grip and arms. It is also a good antidote for players who tend to “freeze” over the ball or who start the backswing too early.
Waggling is a technique professional golfers, such as Arnold Palmer, often use to relieve tension. Palmer, for example, gives the club that one final, aggressive waggle before launching his shot. The key is making sure the waggle mirrors the intended path of the swing.
But waggling can do something else as well. It can serve as a swing trigger, encouraging a smooth first move away from the ball.
The swing trigger illustrates the idea that it’s easier to perpetuate motion than it is to start it. That’s why great players all start their swings with one. Gary player kicks in his right knee. Jack Nicklaus turns his head slightly to the right. Nick Faldo does the same.
Although different, triggers are all designed to do one thing: They help the player make a smooth start to the backswing, preventing any jerky movements that can destroy the linkage in the swing. Try experimenting with the waggle or another swing trigger. Developing an effective one can make a difference in your golf handicap.
2) Keeping a Firm Left Side
A weak or “soft” left side (for right handers) is among the game’s most common swing faults in golf. I see it all the time when giving golf lessons, especially with beginners. While it may seem like a minor fault to some, it’s not. A weak left side not only robs you of accuracy and power, but also hampers your ballstriking and bloats your scores and golf handicap.
Your legs are a source of power in golf. Problems arise, however, when your legs drive too hard toward the target in the downswing. As the lower body drives, the upper body drags behind the ball, placing pressure to adjust on your hands and arms, which must play catch-up to square the clubface in time for impact. Sometimes they do. Sometimes they don’t. Whatever happens, the fault derails your swing.
The 5 keys to overcoming this fault are
• Follow your normal pre-shot routine
• Take you’re a good address position
• Turn your left foot inwards slightly
• Make a one-piece takeaway
• Complete the downswing through impact.
You must keep a firm left side through impact to have an effective swing, regardless of the club you use. In other words, the left side of your body must be firm enough to both support and resist the clubhead’s release as your trunk unwinds. It’s the secret to generating power. A weak or soft left side affords no resistance to the clubhead, since there’s nothing for you to hit against.
But the problem is easily corrected. Simply turn your left foot (for right-handers) in- wards slightly when you practice. Doing so eliminates the tendency to drive towards the ball as you swing through impact. It also encourages a much better rotation of your upper body against the resistance of a braced left leg.
The result is a much more efficient, effective release of the torque created in your backswing. That in turn enhances your ballstriking and generates the power you need to cut strokes from your scores and lower your golf handicap.
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About the Author
Jack Moorehouse is the author of the best-selling book “How To Break 80 and Shoot Like the Pros!“. He is NOT a golf pro, rather a working man that has helped thousands of golfers from all seven continents lower their handicaps quickly. His free weekly newsletter goes out to thousands of golfers worldwide and provides the latest golf tips, strategies, techniques and instruction on how to improve your golf game.