Know Your Swing Before You Change It

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A much publicized instruction tip concerns swinging the club “from the inside”. Specifically, this refers to a golfer bringing the golf club back to the golf ball on the side closest to the golfer. Many, and most, golfers equate this motion to hitting a draw. We all want to hit a draw, right? Not so fast! Hitting a draw is fine, but hitting it straight is better. And of course, no one wants the dreaded slice. It can happen and there some of you out there are hitting a fade (or slice) with an “inside” move. This is hard to imagine, but it does happen.

Check Your Swing Path With This Drill

1. Set up to a ball with an iron.

Place your club behind the ball just like you would before making your swing in the address position.

2. Move the clubhead away from the ball about four inches (or the length of an iron head).

At this spot, place two tees halfway into the ground about an inch away from the toe and heel of the clubhead.

3. Go ahead and hit the shot.

Did you hit one of the tees?

If you hit the tee farther away, you have an outside move.

If you hit the tee closest to you, you have an inside move.

If you didn’t hit either tee, you have a square move back to the ball.

Make sure you understand where your path is right now. It makes no sense trying something new when you already be doing it! Doing this drill will help you understand what changes you may need to make to change your ball flight.

Now that you know what you’re swinging, learn how to hit a fade or how to hit a draw.

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Need more help with your game? Reach out to our PGA Professionals, or catch up on past golf tips:

Ryan Spaziani, PGA

Ryan Spaziani has been a Class “A” member of the PGA of America since 2012. He graduated from the Professional Golfers Career College in Orlando, FL with an Associate Degree in Professional Golf Management. He has worked for both private and public golf courses in the Raleigh, North Carolina. Ryan has a strong passion and extensive knowledge for teaching, club fitting and growing the game of golf.

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