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How to stop laying off the club for straighter shots!

How to stop laying off the club for straighter shots! is the title of this months golf tip by Mel Sole, Master Professional and Director of Instruction at the Mel Sole Golf School, located at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club, talk about a problem some golfers have with getting the backswing “on-plane”.  laying off the club happens when the lead arm rotates on the backswing and the clubhead gets too far on the inside, sometimes allowing the shaft of the club to get almost parallel to the ground.  This is a sure way to “come over the top” because for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

How to stop laying off the club for straighter shots!  

Stand at home on an outside wall and let your butt touch the wall.  Try and take your club back without touching the wall.  I suggest you do this with a club shorter than a 6 iron, and at first, I suggest a pitching wedge or sand wedge. In order To stop laying off the club to hit straighter shots, do not hit the wall on your backswing!

The Method:

Start practicing taking the club back slowly until you can take your regular speed backswing and not touch the wall.  Then head out to the practice range and see if you can get the same sensation.  If not, do the drill I suggest in the video, breaking the backswing up into two different pieces.  It will take quite a while for this to feel comfortable, so don’t be too hard on yourself!

A good place to check halfway back would be to look at the badge on your glove.  It should be at about 90 degrees to the ground and not facing the sky.  The clubhead will be either level with your hands or slightly outside. See video.

The Results:

Once you can get the club working more “up” on the backswing and not “around” you will be able to start the downswing with the club dropping down instead over coming over, resulting in straighter and longer golf shots!


Source : Mel Sole Golf School

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