Knocking Off The Winter Rust
It’s that time of year again when many of us are just beginning to dust off the cobwebs from the long winter break. Depending on where you live, you might not have had many chances to get out and work on your game due to cold temperatures or even April snow that can still be found on some courses.
If that’s the case, or if you’re just trying to work on your game during any free time you have right now, there are a few important things you can do to help you build your swing back up for the coming season. Working on a basic chipping motion can go a long way in helping your full swing motion.
If done properly the chipping motion will have minimal lower body motion, as the hands, arms and torso move the club back in a one-piece fashion in the backswing. This is what should happen in the first few inches away from the ball in the full swing. This chipping motion will help you create a bit of separation in the beginning of your backswing, allowing you to get off to the correct start.
It’s also a great way to work on your impact angles. In the through swing, you should feel the club being delivered back into its starting position providing a touch of shaft lean with pressure in the lead foot through impact. Feel as if the hands beat the clubhead to the golf ball. This will ensure solid contact, allowing you to hit golf ball first each time.
The three keys to focus on are:
- Feet narrow, feeling more pressure in your front foot.
- Shaft leaning toward target at setup.
- Start backswing with the clubhead, hands and forearms all moving together away from the ball. Deliver back into impact just as you were at address.
The best way to work on this indoors is to find a full length mirror and use a few foam golf balls. You should make multiple practice swings looking in the mirror, checking to see if your motion is correct.
Once you feel the positions are correct, add in the foam balls and create the same feel. You should then alternate back and forth. This is a great way to build the correct motor patterns and break some of the poor habits you might have developed over the winter.