Golf Tips Disasters To Avoid In The Down Swing

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Why do so many golfers have problems with their downswing?

Here are some tips to help you avoid a disaster in your downswing.

One of the major flaws in a player`s game is the eternal preoccupation with the club head.

There are three main reasons. The first is that golfers, like other people, want to be comfortable and don’t trust themselves to make a big move.

The third is an overpowering impulse to make the club head move, to do something with it, right from the top. This we call the eternal preoccupation with the club head.

It stems, actually, from a complete misunderstanding of the swing, and there are two reasons for the misunderstanding.

The first thing people find hard to believe, apparently, is that a golf ball is driven straight by hitting it from the inside.

The average player has the almost overpowering conviction that if he hits the ball from inside this line it will fly far out to the right.

He cannot see how anything else can happen. He also knows that when he takes the club to the top of the backswing it is well inside this line.

His first instinct, when he starts the club down, is to manipulate the head out onto the line or near it, so he can bring it down along the line and so knock the ball straight.

When the player does this the first movement he makes takes his hands and the club away from his body. The instant they move away they get outside the plane they must be in to hit from the inside.

Before we go further, let’s look at the plane of the swing. It is extremely important. If we understand it, learning the right action will be easier.

From the top of the backswing to a point near the end of the follow-through, the head of the club describes what we can call, for convenience, a circle. It isn’t a true circle but that isn’t important. Suppose we liken this circle to the rim of a wheel.

Then we cover the wheel with skin, let’s say, so it’s like the head of a drum with a hole in the center for our head to stick through. We now have a flat circular surface, the plane.

During the swing this plane inclines or leans toward the player from 25 to 40 degrees, the exact amount depending on the length of the club used and on whether the player is an upright or a flat swinger.

When we start from the top to move the club out onto the line of flight with either our hands or our shoulders, we don’t change this plane a little bit, we change it a great deal.

The result is that we can’t help but bring the club in from the outside when we hit.

In this respect it is well to know, too, that at the top a very slight move by the hands forward, or toward the line of flight as they start down, moves the head of the club a comparatively great distance.

A mere two inches by the hands moves the club head out a foot, throwing it outside.

It is, as we say, already outside as it starts down.

When you realize that this slight move of the hands is instinctive you don’t know you make it then you can understand how hard a pro has to work to cure hitting from the outside.

A second reason for preoccupation with the club head, and this with most people is the chief reason, is the instinctive urge to get the club moving fast.

The average player, knowing he must get club head speed to hit the ball as far as he wants to hit it, thinks in terms of the head. It’s normal that he should, but that is just another of golf’s contradictions.

The instant the player tries to move the club head he makes three ruinous actions.

He turns his shoulders a little bit, which throws the club outside; he starts to open up the angle between the shaft and the left arm, breaking the eternal triangle; and he stops moving his hips.

Still another thing the average player often does

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