Every Swing is a Circle
See this basket, here is the question, what is this? You say John, it is obvious it is a circle. Ok, I can agree with that. Well, what is this? And you say the same thing, well John, it is pretty obvious it is a circle. In reality that is a horizontal circle and that is a vertical circle. When you play golf your swing is a circle, the only thing is it is tilted at the lie angle of your golf club. Your putter circle looks like this because that is the most vertical club in your bag. On the other hand your driver circle looks a lot more like that. Why? Because the club is a lot flatter, the club sits closer to the ground.
Check the Shape of Your Circle
So every time I watch you swing I am looking at the shape of your circle and one of the things that I might have you do if your circle is all over the place, and trust me most peoples circles are all over the place, they go in, they go over, they go out, they go everywhere. Well this circle does not go everywhere, it only changes when you change the angle of the basket. You do not see the back and forward part of the circle going in different directions other than one goes back and the other goes forward. But it does not get up here and then change its mind and then come down from some other weird direction. Taking that thought and that theme through this illustration when I step up to this ball and I set the club behind the ball that is the shape of my circle, it is at the lie angle of this golf club. If that is true and I am setting up parallel to my target line, which in this case is going to the oak tree on the right of the two or three you see, watch the swing in slow motion, this is my circle.
Between the two poles, up to the top, back down between the two poles, into the ball, the ball goes down the line and then if these two poles were in front of me now I would still be swinging through the poles and then I finish my finish. Now let me show you what it looks like in your real life. Then you come to the practice tee and say hey John, I am pulling the heck out of it and yet I should not be because I am taking it way inside. You know what is funny, the more you take it inside the more it comes down from the outside. So we need to realign your circle just like when you take a trip you go have the wheels on your car realigned, well most of us in golf need to realign our circle. When we do and it is now rotating correctly, you know what, the game is a whole lot simpler.