Turning golf movement into feeling

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

When you are trying to make changes in your golf swing, it is very important to turn movements into feelings.

If you cannot really feel the difference, then nothing much is going to change. During a lesson, you can be told what to do, you can be shown what to do, you can be physically moved into the correct positions, but unless you can truly feel the difference there will be no significant changes at all.

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

Take a look at the first picture and you will clearly see that I am standing inside our large polo mint - or plane trainer to give it it’s correct title.

Imagine for a second that I am inside a clock face, and note how my hands have reached the nine o’clock position. At this point my wrists are hingeing correctly to allow the club to move into the “up” part of the backswing movement.

Top European Tour coach Pete Cowen refers to the backswing as “going around and up” to reach the top. He often refers to his spiral staircase to create the image of the club climbing to the top of the backswing. It is extremely important that the club is not simply lifted, as the correct shoulder turn must be made, to create one of the main power sources in the swing.

Note the position of the club face at this stage. It is pointing directly back towards the viewer and will continue to change positions many times during the back/downswing motion.

Now have a look at the second picture, this time my hands have reached the three o’clock position with the club face now pointing behind me towards the wall.

Some of you will be wondering why at this point my right hand has not climbed or crossed over my left one. The answer is simple, the more passive/calm your hands are through the impact area, the more accurate a golfer you will be.

If you are a handsy, wristy, flicky player, then at best you will also be an inconsistent one, with some good days followed by some very poor ones! This plane trainer truly does turn movements into feelings. I is high time you tried it out. Next week: Balance pods.

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