Educated Hands to Control the Ball Curve

Controlling the curve is a positive sign that a player has control over their swing. Curving the ball a predictable amount is one of the features that separate the best players from the rest of us. For many of you that watch the PGA tour golf you’ll notice that there are some very different swings that produce professional impact and results.

Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler both display unorthodox swings that require some extra (radical) motion in the behavior of their hands to transition the golf club back onto the correct plane angle necessary to achieve consistent impact. This motion can be useful when applied as a training drill to help students needing a positive opposite feel to their current motion.

The goal to the drill is to keep the club head in front of the hands during the back swing and feel the club head fall behind the hands in the down swing.

Mid back position the hands are inside the club head and working up the original plane angle. Face on above shows big shoulder turn owing to the right hip pulling back around the spine to create center balance and range of motion.

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Once the left arm reaches a parallel position you will see the shaft angle remains pointing at the target line. Notice the width of the arc face on.

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The start down shows the plane angle shift causing a slightly flatter angle from the back swing. Face on shows the body has been transported forward which narrows the arc but makes the angle more acute (yellow to green line).

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Practicing this somewhat radical Rickie Fowler drill we can exaggerate the full roll of the release and the right arm can reach deep down the line. Controlling the curve is a positive sign that a player has control over their swing. Curving the ball a predictable amount is one of the features that separate the best players from the rest of us.

Anytime you’re making adjustments to your swing we suggest that you ‘throw caution to the wind’ and exaggerate to appreciate the change. Understanding the mechanics is first and vital to the process but feeling the mechanics is paramount to owning the adjustments and practicing effectively to eventually make them comfortable. The Fowler drill is simply an action that educates the hands to feel the pressure points to develop lag pressure through impact.

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