GOLF: Four Simple Drills For The Perfect Backswing

Four Simple Drills For The Perfect Backswing

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The first drill in this video focuses on part number one to the perfect backswing which is the motion from setup position. What you do for the first couple of feet of your backswing during the takeaway has a lot to do with what’s going to happen in the rest of the swing.

The hands work straight back and the clubhead gets to even with – or just outside – the hands at first parallel. I also like to see the club face not quite toe up, not 45 degrees down, but tilted down.

The next drill works the second part of the backswing that’s critical for a perfect backswing and that is where the club gets to at left arm parallel. At this spot I’m looking for two things. I want the hands to be about in-line with the right pec or right bicep. I also want to look at where the shaft is that in space.

The next checkpoint for us is the top of the backswing. There are several things at the top of the backswing that are very important, but the one part I want to focus on with this drill is the wrist conditions. We just use a plastic hanger on the side of the club to train this in. I place the hanger on the side of the club on my left wrist. When I work up to the top, if I do my wrist conditions as well, you’ll see the hanger stays on my left wrist.

The last part and the last drill has to do with how your body works. I’m really looking at two main pieces here. How much do you turn and how much do you tilt? All I’m looking for is when you get up to the top, you have a big full term, which is 90 degrees with your shoulders. But really this drill is based around how much left side bend you have. Which means when I make a backswing, I don’t just turn perfectly flat. I need to turn with my shoulders on an angle.

If I could build a golf swing, I would start with the golfer and train the takeaway until they got it. Once they got the takeaway, I’d go to left arm parallel and stay there until they got it. Once they got that, I would do the hanger exercise at the top until they got it and then I’d do shoulder tilt. I would do those in that order.


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