Improving Your Through Swing
We found a very important part of teaching golf is to do a lot of work on the through swing. This gives people a sense of where things need to be in motion. We also do a lot of half swing practice. As I make a half backswing, with my hands set there is a releasing action of the hands to a through swing position. I like to get people to practice this with their right hand only. As you will notice, the right arm is pretty extended, the center of the body faces around and the club shaft is vertical to the right arm.
Drill: Get the Proper Arm Position
To achieve this position, and what we see that is often wrong, is that the left arm is coming through on top.
- To get the left arm out of the way we have a little drill where we put the right hand on the left bicep. Then swing the club through and just let the left arm relax and the left wrist break.
- Then you put the right hand on the club and you are in a good release position.
- So again, the arms should be in a position with the left wrist bent, left arm folded, right arm extended and the hands in front of the center of the body.
If you look down the line you will get a different view of it, the clubface is in line with the shaft. It almost feels a little awkward in this hand position but it is an important area to practice. Even if you are at home, practice these half swings in order to get away from the directing action that we see so many people have when they are trying to get the ball to go in a straight line and it always ends up going to the right. Work on this little half swing exercise; get in that good through swing position. When you practice just hit half shots at half speed doing this, you are going to see a livelier on line ballflight.