Fix Your Golf Backswing with the Split Grip Drill

By Jim McLean

The advanced player sometimes tends to get too fast off the back leg, too far forward, that gets the club a little bit stuck behind them.

Split Grip From the Top Drill Improves Arm Position of Downswing

Now there is a terrific drill that I have used to slow the body down and to get the sensation that the arms get into position on the downswing. It is called a Split Grip From the Top and it works like this.

  • You swing the club all the way up to the top and then split your hands. I barely hold on with my forefinger and thumb.
  • From the top of the swing I just practice a slight move forward, but mostly just the dropping of the left arm and the club. It is almost just letting gravity drop the club into position.
  • Then I have the person slide the hand back into its original position. When they see this they see a phenomenal position, they know that it is the right place to be.
  • So I just wind it back up to the top and down. Up to the top and down. What that looks like from this angle is up to the top, split and then down. At the down point my club is parallel to the target line, the clubface is square and I am in a perfect position for an online delivery.

Fix Your Golf Swing Early Release

One other thing this drill can do and that can really improve you if you have a little bit of an early release and hitting the ball too high. When you get this split and drop it down you can really see how you have a tremendous delay here. So it can actually serve two purposes. The number one purpose; however, is when you push off too quick, get too far ahead of it and get the club stuck behind you this will give you the sensation of the left arm coming down the chest and getting the club right in front of your chest, or in perfect position.


Category: Downswing

About the Instructor

Jim McLean
Jim McLean
Jim McLean Golf School
Doral Golf Resort and Spa
4400 NW 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178
Tel: 800-72-DORAL