Reshaping Your Golf Swing to Increase Control

By John Elliott

Reshaping Your Golf Swing to Increase Control

Examine Your Swing

It's funny, I look at myself in the morning and I realize how old I am getting because I have been teaching this game now for over 40 years and some of the things that I have learned that can help you really quickly to improve your golf swing would be get a pole and put a point on the end. I do this in my barn on my spare time, that is why I only have three poles, I don't have a lot of spare time. The point is that this can help to shape a golf swing as fast as anything you have ever seen. Here is how we are going to use it.

Practicing the Pole Drill

We have a pole and we also have a shadow of the pole which we are going to use as a reference for our target line. I have put the ball out in front of our target line so that you can see what I want you to do with this pole. You tilt the pole basically at the lie angle of the club you are using, this is my 7-iron, it is now sitting at the natural lie angle on the ground. When you are hitting a golf ball these are your swing plane and path choices. Choice one, you can see that club went under the pole, over the pole, under, over and left. Well those three words are synonymous. The more you take it in, under, the more it goes over, and the more that occurs the more to the left the club swings.

Adjusting the Swing Plane

Now watch this one. For those of you who have seen Jim Furyk, this would look somewhat familiar although not nearly extreme. Over, under and out. Now I have two balls out here that have about a 20 five yard spread to them and the only variable has been the plane on which the club has swung. Then what you are looking for is a swing that pretty much goes back and forth or up and down on the same plane. That produces straight. The point I am trying to make with the pole is that you can reshape your golf swing very easily. Having a pole, sticking it in the ground, establishing a target line and then you learning to shape the swing the way you would like to see it, not the way that it is showing you how it wants to work. If you hate this look, change it to that look by using a pole.


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Campbell A.  Scored 78 at  Indian Canyon Spokane, Washington

Campbell A.  Scored 78 at  Esmeralda, Esmerelda Spokane, Washington

Campbell A.  Scored 81 at  Esmeralda, Esmerelda Spokane, Washington

Campbell A.  Scored 85 at  The Creek At Qualchan Spokane, Washington

Tim B.  Scored 115 at  Navy, The Destroyer Cypress, California

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