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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Drill to Improve your Path

This drill will help you improve the path of your golf swing and in particular it will help the golfer that tends to take the club "outside" on the backswing or comes "over the top" on the downswing.  I use three alignment rods;  one is on the ground representing the target line, one is positioned about an inch or two outside the golf ball, parallel to the target line and at a 45 degree angle and one is positioned about six inches in front of the ball and about four inches to the left of it, aimed slightly left of the target and at 30 degree angle.  When setting up this configuration always tee the ball so you won't have to move the rods after each shot.   You may use any short or mid iron for this drill.

When using alignment rods for any drill you want to start with slow practice swings.  The goal of this drill is to not strike the rod on the right in the backswing nor strike the rod on the left in the downswing.

If the top of the yellow rod was 12:00 and the bottom of the rod 6:00, you would want to feel that you are swinging from 7:00 to 1:00 on the downswing.  In addition, the release of the wrists is very important.  You should feel a sense of rehinging the wrists on the follow through.  In the sequence below note how I have a hinge, rehinge of the wrists from the backswing to follow through.

After some reps on the practice tee you will develop a great path and straighter shots!

Path Drill Video

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