Tom’s “Turn Your Back” Drill

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, February 24th, 2018

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This week’s tip is an excellent drill to work on next time you head out to practice. It requires some flexibility, which is somewhat limited for me, however I can still do the drill with no issues.
The top left photo showcases me setting up over the ball with my back turned away from the target. However, when setting up the backside may be facing the target, but when placing the club down behind the ball your shoulders will automatically be placed close to square as occurs in the  normal setup. This drill will come in handy when needing creativity extracting the ball upon encountering tree issues and the like.
This drill will really help to promote a good, solid, natural inside takeaway that can help golfers who battle taking the club too far outside or upright.
The key to pulling off the shot is   maintaining good balance, keeping the knees flexed from start to the finish. When making a backswing my posture has remained in nearly the same position as in my setup as shown in the photo on the top right. During the takeaway it is essential to allow the club to make its way back naturally… not try to force the club into a position.
As I reached the top of the backswing I’ve drawn two arrows near my knees to highlight the importance of maintaining good flex throughout the swing process. If the knees straighten at this juncture you will come out of posture and lose balance while transitioning back to the impact area. Keeping the knees spring loaded takes pressure off the back and helps to build up more torque while winding the upper body against a braced lower body.
The bottom photo is the big payoff as my body has unwound naturally at high speed from the energy created in the backswing fully unleashing the stored up power into the ball.
Also, this drill will help curtail the left hip (for right handed golfers) from spinning out prematurely on the downswing.
My head has stayed down due to the centrifugal force created and my right shoulder is working down and under correctly like a boxer delivering an upper cut punch. I’m staying back behind where the ball was sitting instead of getting too far out in front of it. Incorrectly using my upper body to initiate the downswing willresult in an “over the top” swing which is a chronic problem a lot of golfers battle.   This drill will help eliminate that tendency and get the shoulders to work down and under instead of over and across which helps deliver the club head into a shallower angle of attack and on-plane. From that position you can really let loose and be uninhibited which translates into powerful, straight shots.
I suggest starting out in slow motion and try this drill at home in front of a mirror first. Going slow is the operative word and you can pick up the pace fairly quickly as you get more comfortable. When practicing at the driving range only make half swings initially…going back and through without a ball.
It won’t take long to incorporate this drill into your practice routine and it can really make a difference in solving the common problem of coming over the top.
Normally I would never advocate turning your back on trouble, but by doing this drill ‘turning your back can help get your swing back’ in a hurry.
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