Recently, I have worked with several new and seasoned
golfers that simply cannot get the ball to go anywhere other than to slice
a ball that curves to the right (for a right handed golfer) is curved
by a club face open to the right at impact. I would encourage you to explore
the following drill to help square the club face at impact.
It is called the release-rotation drill. The focus of this drill
is on the rotation of the forearms and the movement of the club head from
the point at which the club head is at hip height in the downswing to
when it is at hip height beyond impact.
Take a middle iron and assume your address position. Next, bring the club
head back to a point where the club shaft is parallel to the ground just
below hip height. The toe of the club must be pointing straight up (even
a bit closed).
From here, slowly bring the club down while you gradually rotate your
right or rear forearm in a clockwise manner. I recommend that when you
begin this drill that you stop when the club is at a point where it would
strike the ball. Check to see if the leading edge of the club face appears
to be square to your target line.
Keep working the club down in slow motion from just below hip height to
impact, always checking to make sure your club face returns to square.
Now work your forearms and the club down and through the impact zone.
But this time continue on up until the club head is parallel to the ground
and just below hip height just beyond impact.
In sum, work the club between the two positions so the take away position
is a mirror image of the release position. Once you get to
where you can consistently move the club from toe-up to square ( slightly
left of toe-up) through the impact zone, you can feel very confident that
you will square the club face at impact during actual play.
For more information on these and other drills, consult The Plane
Truth for Golfers by Jim Hardy.
Dale Crafton is the owner and instructor at Cozy Acres
Golf Complex, 4040 Old State Rd. 62, Madison, Ind. Call him at (812) 273-3137.