Get It Together

Here is the fix to get your swing together

Greg Ellis
Great Golf Academy
Goodyear, AZ
gellisdog@cox.net

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A few weeks ago, we almost had the chance to witness history, Tom Watson winning the British Open at age 59. This would have been one of the greatest stories in all of sports. As it turned out, Watson did not have it together in the playoff. In previous issues I have written about the importance of the proper sequence of motion in the golf swing. While watching the British Open you saw what happens when the sequence is out of sync. Specifically, two things can happen, neither are good results, and here is the fix to get your swing together.

Shot One: Over the top shot pull shot – there are several reasons that a golfer may think they come over the top of a golf shot. An over the top shot is a result of the club being swung from the top and passing by the ball prior to the body turning out of the way first. If this occurs, the swing path should be looked at first. If the club is going back on the correct path; the club should always be in front of you body. If the club is behind you, there is only one way to get the club back to the ball. If the path is correct, for the sake of discussion I will assume that it is, then the body is too slow. The cure for this is not to slow the swing down. Conversely, you want to speed the body rotation up. Feel the hips begin the downswing and the arms catch up to the lower body. Now your swing is together.

Shot Two: The block out slice shot – there are several reasons that a golfer may think they block or slice a ball. However, a blocked out or slice shot is a result of the club lagging way behind the body on the forward swing. Once again, if the path is correct, for the sake of discussion I will assume that it is, then the body is too fast. (this is what you see Tiger Woods do quite often when he misses to the right). The cure for this is not to slow the body down. Conversely, you want to speed up the arms. Try to feel like the arms and lower body are swinging back to the ball at the same time. Again, your swing will be together.

Just remember, do not try to slow down a part of the swing, try to speed up the part of the swing that is slow. 

Have fun and remember if you need help with this tip or any other, feel free to email me at greg.ellis@trilogygolfclub.com or call me for a lesson at 623.328.5107.

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