The golf swing is a chain reaction, start off with the correct address position and the takeaway becomes relatively simple. If a golfer manages to swing away from the ball with the correct one-piece takeaway it is likely the club will automatically swing onto the right plane.
If mistakes are made early on in the swing, making a good swing becomes increasingly difficult. If a golfer habitually hits the ball out of the toe of the club the swing shape needs a major overhaul.
Hitting Out of the Toe
Imagine a planet travelling through space, an astrologist could follow the planets journey for a few thousand miles then calculate where the planet will be in twenty years time.
Likewise, once a golfer has taken the club back only a few inches, a pro could pretty accurately predict the resulting swing shape.
How a golfer swings in the early stages dictates the future path into the ball. Therefore, if a golfer can simplify the initial stages of the swing so the club is on the correct path, in all likelihood the path into the ball will also improve.
The following exercise might seem too simple to have an help cure hitting the ball out of the toe, but trust it, the exercise will cure the very root of the problem.
Drill to Find the Sweet Spot
The essence of the drill is to perfect the initial orbit of the club.
Take a bucket of balls onto the range and find a bay with a tee.
Tee the ball up and take your normal stance over the ball.
Eliminate hand action completely and using just your arms and body take the club back six inches, then hit the ball forward so the club goes the same distance through.
The ball should only go about six feet – the shot is really like a putt.
This swing is so small the ball should come out of the sweet spot and should roll dead straight.
The next swing should be six inches further back and through.
The exercise is very specific in its intent which is to purify the path away from the ball, which in turn will improve the path into impact.
To gain maximum benefit do not swing any longer than three feet on the backswing with absolutely no hand action, just a body turn back and forward.
Hitting the Ball out of the Middle
Practice this exercise until you can hit shot after shot out of the middle of the club, then try a few longer swings but importantly retain the same takeaway.
Try lengthening the swing slowly, at some point it will break down and you will find yourself hitting off the toe again. Return to the previous length, practice some more and then try lengthening it again.
Build up slowly from a perfect start and you will find the sweet spot more often.
Golf Swing Leg, Knee, Hip, Position – Draw Tips
If a golfer can improve their stance they have every chance of improving their shot making. One of the most crucial aspects of the stance is the angle of the spine at address as it directly affects the turn, takeaway path and plane of the swing. The angle of the spine is dictated by the leg knee and hip position. Improve these characteristics and a golfer has every chance of hitting the ball with a draw or a fade at will.
Golf Swing Leg Knee and Hip Position for a Draw
To hit a draw the golfer must have an inside swing path into the ball. This is set up with an inside swing path takeaway which is dictated by the quality of the turn and one piece takeaway.
To ensure the takeaway is on an inside swing path a golfer must make sure the leg knee and hip position is set correctly to get the spine in the correct position.
To have an inside swing path the top of the spine must be angled away from the hole and this is achieved by setting the hips more forward in the address position. The left hip will sit nearly over the left foot.
With the top half of the body set back, behind the ball, it’s much easier to have a good turn of the shoulders on the takeaway, which will set the club onto the correct swing plane for a draw.
Takeaway Swing Path and Plane for a Fade
To hit the ball with a fade the golfer must alter the stance in the opposite way from that of a draw to make the spine sit in a more vertical position, which will make the takeaway less on an inside swing path.
The leg knee and hip position for a straighter takeaway swing path and a more upright swing plane is more back than in a draw stance with the right hip almost over the right foot.
The more vertical spine alignment will give a more direct swing path on takeaway and will allow a steeper turn. This will automatically set the club onto a steeper swing plane which will encourage a fade spin.
Improve your Golf Swing with Practice
To find out how the different spine alignment positions affect the flight of the ball from a fade to a draw, be willing to experiment on the range.
Hips set back will encourage a flatter swing which will draw the ball.
Setting the hips, legs, and knees more forward for a vertical spine alignment, will encourage a steeper turn, a more direct swing path, and a steeper swing plane for a fade.
Set the legs knees and hips differently on a sequence of twenty shots to find out how the swing path is affected and how the ball flight is altered.