In the most recent PGA magazine, teaching guru
Jim Hardy talks about how a baseball type golf swing can add 10 to 12
yards off the tee. I have long believed that to effectively learn a new
skill, we need to be able to relate to an old skill.
For example, using a baseball swing to learn a golf swing, or swinging
the golf club like a baseball bat, increases distance.
The baseball swing is a flattened out swing on a horizontal
axis. Continue the flatter plane of the baseball swing by
simply bending over more than normal to execute the golf swing.
order to execute the baseball-type
swing with a golf club, bend at the
waist; dont stand too tall.
Another way to explain a Flatter Swing Plane by Hardy is
the analogy of a swing like a ferris wheel compared to a swing like a
merry-go-round. If you went to the 4-H fair recently, Im sure you
saw a ferris wheel and a merry-go-round. Imagine swinging upright
like a ferris wheel the club is swung almost up and down.
This kind of swing causes a chopping motion. However,
swinging in a more horizontal axis, like a merry-go-round or a baseball
swing, flattens the swing plane and causes more power and distance.
To get off the ferris wheel and get your swing to look like a merry-go-round,
a much more horizontal ride, youll have to bend over a bit more
than you are used to at address. This will bring your shoulders closer
to the ground, and youll be able to stand a little farther away
from the ball.
The center of your swing is between your shoulders, and the closer this
point is to the ground then the flatter your swing will be. Feel like
the merry-go-round is right between your shoulders-the club swings back
and through impact on a nice round circle around your shoulders. Youll
have the sensation the club is opening up as it goes around you in the
back swing-then close on the down swing, much like you feel when you swing
a baseball bat.
By bending more and standing much farther from the ball, youll flatten
your swing and make it much less vertical. The result will be a much shallower
angle of approach, with the club hitting the back of the ball from the
inside, which is exactly what you need to drive the ball longer and straighter.
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.