– Critical! It influences:
1) Arm swing shape
2) Body motion
3) Alignment (understanding swing path).
Impact – "The moment of
truth"! The most important aspect of the golf swing!
1) People who are "over the top" with their
downswing get too high of a right shoulder at impact – NOT
2) The right shoulder should not get outside that of the
toe line too soon on the downswing – an "outside-in"/"over
the top" player will do this – far too soon and exceedingly
Take-Away – The hands, wrists,
arms, shoulders, and torso (all looking similar to a triangle)
should all move the club back together, in one piece, and
into a parallel inside position – WITH extension!
Follow-thru (Half-Circle) –
With a club, simply start at a proper impact position, and
then push/swing the club up and through, and into a completed
back swing, where as the wrists will have fully re-cocked,
so that you can properly obtain a completed finish position.
Additionally, with a proper, complete finish position, both
of your knees should be close to one another (where you could
almost pinch a newspaper between them), your belly-button
should be facing your target, the club should be lightly resting
across your back/left shoulder, and your eyes/head looking
down the fairway. Just as important, you should be well
balanced -- to the point where you could easily tap your right
toe on the ground – because you have fully shifted your weight
off from your right side, and have no weight left on that
right side. A drill very similar to this is often called
the "Finish to Start" drill.
Stance and/or Aim – Remember,
that one foot equates to stance. Two feet equates to
aim. HOWEVER, your hip, shoulder, and eye lines are
much more crucial to aim/alignment than your feet will ever
Angles – When filming yourself -- specifically
for your swing plane -- the camera angle
should be set at a hip-high position and filming basically between
your heels and your target line. So, when your camera is
positioned correctly, essentially you are filming
straight through the bottom of your right hand -- and consequently
straight through towards your target.