ARTICLES - NOVEMBER 2007
If you've played golf long enough, you should know that
swinging into impact from inside the target line is the
way to go. An inside-to-square path means your whole
body, not just your arms, is powering the golf club through
the shot. But getting the golf club on the inside track
coming down - or "dropping it into the slot" - is one of
the toughest moves to master. Try these tips.
Take It Out - It's easier to drop the golf club to the inside
if it's coming down from the right place. Instead of
pulling the golf club quickly to the inside on the takeaway,
try starting it out slightly outside the target line for
the first foot or so. An outside takeaway helps create
power-producing arm extension and gets your hands above
your shoulders at the top. From there, you'll have room
to drop your arms and deliver the clubhead to the golf ball
from the inside.
Order, Order - If you start the downswing with your
arms, they'll move the golf club away from your body and set
up a weak, out-to-in path through impact. For the proper
inside move, the arm's have to follow the lower body's
lead. Focus on your feet, knees and hips. If they start
the forward motion of your downswing, your arms will
naturally drop the golf club into the slot.
Drill: Right Foot Back
Groove an inside-to-square downswing by hitting shots
with your right foot 12 inches behind it's normal
position. Lift your right heel slightly and make a
normal swing. Your right arm and shoulder will drop to
the inside as you begin your downswing. Hit a dozen or
so shots this way, then try to duplicate the feeling in
your regular swing.
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