Proper Technique for the Perfect Backswing

By Ed Ibarguen

Proper Technique for the Perfect Backswing

A Simple Way to Understand Backswing

If you are like me you have heard a million theories on backswing. What you are supposed to do. How you are supposed to get that club loaded. Let's try to simplify that a little bit.

The easiest way I have ever had it explained to me, and I love to share it with my students, is to think of your backswing as though you are a door in your house. The spine represents the hinge that the door stands on and your arms being out like this represent the door. Notice that in the door that is a solid door so there is no rolling of the clubface forward or back. You are just going to get here and turn from your hinge so watch.

When I do that, staying centered, you will notice that staying on a level plane, which is a horizontal position to the vertical door hinge, you are going to swing that open and notice that the toe is up in the air. When that door closes back in your house, here it comes right back to where it was and you will notice it comes out on the other side.

You have to understand that when you take your posture your door is now tilted. If you are here and you are moving away without any manipulation of the hands, that clubface is going to be at the same angle of your spine.

How to Fix an Open Clubface in Your Backswing

If you find yourself rolling that clubface open, and I am going to show you what that is like from another position, now you are going to have to have a roll back to get that thing square.

Let me get you to look at it this way. We are back at the door. Here the door opens only this time I am going to roll that left forearm. A lot of Tour players do this, they rotate that left forearm back, but look at the toe of the club. So I can not just do this, obviously that is not going to come back square. I am going to have to bring that back in to square it up.

Try to have a swing with as few compensations as possible. If you get here and you bring that club back and you will put it back in here where everything is lined up on plane you will have fewer compensations to make on your way down to get in a solid impact position. Come back in a little bit and we are going to talk about what happens when the clubface is a little too open in the downswing.

Category: Backswing
Sub-Category: Swing Plane, Arms, Posture, Impact, Hands

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