Here is the article I wrote for Wycliffe Magazine about hitting up on the ball for more distance.
The question is, does alignment matter? Let's use one of my students as an example.
The student thought he was aligned to his target, but in fact he was aimed 20-30 yards left. I kept quiet and had him hit some drivers on flightscope. Check out the numbers...
His total distance with a driver was 169.9 yards, with spin rate of over 5800rpm and a spin axis of over 15 degrees right. Not a good combination for hitting it long or in the fairway.
We changed his alignment and had him hit a few more shots on flightscope to see what the change in alignment did to his swing numbers. Interestingly enough his path and swing plane continued to swing quite a bit to the left, but his face began to show up closed.
So we then began to work on shifting the swing path and plane to the right. His club face was a little inconsistent and began to open, but take a look at the other numbers...he picked up 60 yards!
So we then began to work on face awareness. The numbers began to neutralize(picture below) and he started hitting it in the fairway. Now he was both longer and straighter.
The fact of the matter is that poor alignment can change both your perception of direction and swing dynamics rather quickly. As you saw from this student, alignment issues tremendously affected his club face, swing path and swing plane; leading to no directional control and a loss of distance. So before your swing breaks down completely and you loose control, be sure to check your alignment.
Check out my latest article for GolfWRX on teaching junior golf...
I'm excited to announce that I will be staying in Chicago this winter teaching along side one of Chicago's top instructors, Louis Sauer, at his new state of the art training facility in Northbrook, IL. The facility is on its way to becoming one of the top golf training venues in the country!
The Facility Encompasses:
- 4 large hitting bays
- Short Game Area
- Putting Green
- High Speed Video
- 2 TrackMans
- 2 Foresight GC2 Smart Camera Systems with Full Golf Course Simulation
- K-Vest K-Trainer and K-Vest 6d training system
- Sam Putt Lab
- Focusband- Neurofeedback training system
- Rhythm/Tempo Training System
If you are serious about getting better and are willing to put in the effort, contact me and start the journey ASAP!!
One of the most common errors I see when students come to me for help with their chipping and pitching, is their distance from the ball. Majority of amateurs stand too far away when executing these short shots, resulting in inconsistent outcomes. Take a look at Luke Donald below.
In both his chipping and pitching set up, he is much closer and his shaft is more upright. This gives him optimal control of the shot and allows him to use the sole of the club more effectively.
So next time you're struggling with these shots around the green, stand closer, choke down and position the shaft more upright! Guarantee you'll see results!
Tested my IPhone 6 camera on slow-mo mode. Wanted to see what the quality of the video would be like for an up-close shot of the driver down the TL. Was pleasantly surprised!
Link to video:
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