In today’s lesson, C.D. Gaughan talks about a simple practice move that will help you get your full swing back in proper sequence.
It happens to players at all levels — things start to get out of sequence with their swings.
Today we’ll focus on a simple drill that will help you get back to hitting the ball solid.
We’re going to focus on just one club — your pitching wedge. We’re going to work with half-to-full swings — the nine o’clock position on the backswing to a three-quarter finish with your belt buckle and chest ending up facing your target.
The purpose of this drill is to get your lower body to engage properly. Remember, it’s the lower body that is the engine that drives the golf swing.
Make sure you get your hips to turn, not as much as in a full swing but you definitely need to make them work. When the left hip moves, it should start your left knee moving slightly towards the golf ball, this will “load” your half swing. Also, make sure your head is in a steady position and does not move forward.
Once you reach the half-swing or nine o’clock position, all you have to do is straighten the lead leg, your left leg, and let the club drop. The weight of the club and the clearing of your hips will drop the club into the proper position at impact. Let the club go to a three-quarter finish, as in the sequence photos above.
One of the things you want to focus on is light grip pressure and relax your arms, don’t let them tighten up.
You’ll want to hit a lot of balls with this drill and it should get you on track to hitting more solid shots.
Until next time.