Predictability! A word I use every day on my lesson tee. We don't need perfection, although that would be nice, we simply need to predictably launch and shape the ball and we can play the golf of our dreams.
I have found that when a golfer can get the handle of the club traveling inward through the strike managing the club face becomes less of a challenge. Thankfully this doesn't mean that the clubhead is also traveling inward. Watch....
Obstacles to watch for when working towards getting the handle to travel in while the clubhead travels out:
- The arms drop straight down and in from the top creating a scenario where they are trapped and can only 'exit' outward through impact
- The handle AND the clubhead both move outward at the start of the downswing. Now they must both travel inward though impact
- The hips drive forward too much and the handle has no access to work inward through impact
The following sequence of Graeme McDowell illustrates beautifully how to set up the transition and ensuing downswing for exactly what we are looking for through impact.
To get started with predictable, controllable draws you simply must work the hands in while the clubhead travels out through the strike.
While this is certainly not the only way to get the job done, for slower swing speed golfers (which is most of us out there!) this is the go to game plan. Start in front of a mirror and go from there....
Thanks for reading and if you have a friend who might be struggling with this please share.
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