Golfing Hoola Hoop time

31-01-2015 Picture Roberto Cavieres. David Pirie golf column pictures. World of Golf,2700 Great Western Road, Clydebank
31-01-2015 Picture Roberto Cavieres. David Pirie golf column pictures. World of Golf,2700 Great Western Road, Clydebank

At this time of the year when the weather is not too good for golfers, it is a good idea to try and keep some kind of swing movement going.

If you regularly go to a driving range, break it into three segments. Firstly do some kind of stretching/warming up routine, then work on the technical aspect that perhaps your coach was suggesting in your last lesson.

31-01-2015 Picture Roberto Cavieres. David Pirie golf column pictures. World of Golf,2700 Great Western Road, Clydebank

31-01-2015 Picture Roberto Cavieres. David Pirie golf column pictures. World of Golf,2700 Great Western Road, Clydebank

Then finally try to have some fun playing some games with the targets, or try to play the first few holes on your course.

It is also a good plan to play any holes that give you trouble/grief, simply by visualising that particular hole, and work out a new strategy for playing it better.

Take a look at the first picture, you will clearly see that I have trotted out an old favorite, our Hoola Hoop. With one hand on the outside, and the other on the inside, swing back until your hands reach roughly shoulder height. Then allow the hoop to “drop slightly behind you” as you begin to make your downswing movement. This encourages the correct plane/swing direction and ensures that the hoop remains behind your head, running down between the back of your neck, and your right shoulder.

Doing this movement several times will help to groove the muscle memory, and help greatly in terms of creating more consistency.

Now have a look at the second picture, this time as you will see I have made the cardinal sin of coming over the top. Note how the hoop is now in front of my head, with my arms also running away from my body. When this happens the following shots occur -slicing, pulling, topping, chunking, and perhaps the most destructive of all the dreaded shank!! The reason for the shank is simple---the hands are moving forward towards the ball, pushing the socket into the ball, rather than correctly hitting it more in the sweet spot.

So if you suffer from any/all of the above, get yourself a Hoola hoop, and start using it correctly as shown in the first picture. Practicing several swings per day will quickly help to groove the correct feeling, then when the better weather arrives, you will be ready for the new season If you simply vegetate over the winter months, do nothing, then hope for the best next season, in all probability you are in for another same old same old... as you had last season! Next week: Orange whip time.

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