Inside Golf : Inside Golf July 2017
www.insidegolf.com.au | July 2017 33 instruction www.insidegolf.com.au/golftips Switch off the auto-pilot to lose the slice Jason Wood PGA Professional, Thornleigh Golf Centre 0406 343 757 Jason Wood is a TrackMan Specialist and a PGA Professional at Thornleigh Golf Centre. Contact him on: 0406 343 757. F or most players, the dreaded slice with the driver not only costs meters of distance off the tee but plenty of lost balls and wipes on the scorecard too. one of the biggest keys to fixing this problem is to ‘’own’’ your transition between the end of the back swing and the start of the downswing. In this series of pictures you can see how I helped this student in just one hour with the TrackMan to not only increase his distance significantly off the tee but also have some idea of how to control where it ended up as well. For me it was the change in his transition that was the key. For the majority of players once the swing is in motion, the subsequent actions are like being on auto pilot, a lot of things are happening behind the scenes but the player isn’t actually the one controlling the movements. As soon as the club has moved away in the takeaway it’s easy, given the shortage of time (less than one second to impact!) to have hit the ball before you have had chance to try and control what is happening. Players in this situation often make terrible downswings but often have little conscious thought or feeling as to what has just happened. Simply put, the guarantee is that the club will always get from the top of the swing to impact, and you can choose to either try and control how this happens or not, I suggest you try the former! If you look at the transition (Picture 1) of these two swings, the player has essentially switched off the auto pilot in the right- hand image and taken manual control of how the club starts down with a feeling of ‘’laying the shaft down.’’ Much like a fork in the road, once you start down on the correct line it is very difficult to get into serious trouble thereafter, but if you start the downswing on the wrong track, as in the left-hand image, and lose feeling for where the club is as you transition, then there is no way back either. Now take a look at the post-impact positions (Picture 2), just 1/10th of a second later. The well-controlled downswing on the right now gives the player a great chance to hit a good drive, whereas on the left side it’s hard to believe he will even make contact! That is how important that first move in the downswing is. If you then take a look at the final picture (Picture 3) it is clear to see how the results are simply staggering! Less club head speed, significantly improved Attack Angle and Club Path numbers resulting in a massive distance increase and reduction in spin. The Blue line in the image shows the difference in the Club Path in relation to the white target line and the orange tracer shows just how much improved the flight of the ball was. Put simply, at the start the player was just having a wild swing at the ball with no concept of where the club was during the downswing and just by switching off the auto pilot and taking manual control of how the club actually moved during the downswing, the results changed immediately and another player will go out to the course at the weekend with a chance of success. • 1 2 3 Contact our friendly staff today. 100 Lakelands Drive Merrimac Gold Coast 4226 For Golf bookings phone (07) 5510 6507 www.lakelandsgolfclub.com.au www.lakelandsfunctions.com.au OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 7 DAYS IN THE HEART OF THE GOLD COAST Experience the knowledge and excellence that the world’s finest golfer, winner of eighteen majors, brings to golf course design and only 10 minutes to Broadbeach and 15 minutes to Surfers Paradise. The Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus has designed over 150 golf courses on five continents which constantly rank among the very best in the world.
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