Pure Your Irons With This Swing Plane Drill
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Let’s talk about the swing plane that no one’s talking about that has a dramatic effect on how well you hit your irons.
When you watch good players from down the line, if you were to draw a line through the butt of the club at address, the butt of the club typically would go about through the beltline. That’s about where the angle of the shaft is when they begin. The question mark is where should it be when they get back to impact? Most of the best golfers that I see, their shaft at impact returns to the same angle or typically it’s just slightly more vertical.
What I see all too often with players that I work with in person or with the online lessons is a shaft during the downswing that gets way too vertical or way too up and down. As the shaft gets more vertical, off centered contact comes into play – usually toe shots – and difficulty squaring the clubface.
So how do you practice getting the shaft lower at impact?
First, I think you might be able to just feel when you’re swinging that you lower the angle of the shaft and that may do it, but there are some things you can use to practice getting the shaft lower.
I’ve used the stick-in-the-bucket drill in previous videos for swing direction – getting you to swing more inside out – but it also works for the shaft angle. What I like to do is just have it more so as a visual so it’s not literally going to be in my way when I go, but the fact that my brain sees it there can help my feel. So I usually will put a stick in a bucket behind me, just to kind of get a sense of the club working in lower. The setup for this drill is pretty similar to how you set up the drill for the HOW TO HIT A DRAW station or SHALLOWING THE DOWNSWING
I’m getting a sensation when I’m doing this that instead of me being more with a vertical shaft at impact, I’m getting that shaft working much lower at and past impact.
The other way that I work this is to reverse the drill this and put it in front of me so it works to do the same deal. I keep the stick at about the same angle and for me to miss it, I have to feel like the club’s still staying low, still think it’s less of a vertical angle, but now I’m feeling it past impact instead of before impact – it still fixes the same things. This variation might be less for the guy who is over the top and more for the guy that struggles with the early extension pattern or too far inside out.
To recap, if your shaft is too vertical at impact you’re going to have toe shots and you’re going to struggle with squaring the face. To fix that we want to feel like your shaft angle is lower. Better players have a lower shaft angle almost across the board versus them being higher. To fix it, first just try to feel like the shaft is lower. If that doesn’t work, put in these feedback stations. Get the shaft lower, you’ll get off the toe and it’ll be easier to square the clubface.
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