2:07 | Instruction
My Swing Feels Rushed And Out of Sync
Ditch your slice, pull and everything in between without striking a single practice ball.
By Edited by David DeNunzio
Friday, April 27, 2018

If you're like most older players, you've gradually lost some flexibility over the years, and that can often show up in an inability to make a full turn behind the ball. Needless to say, it's a good bet that your distance has suffered because of this common problem. To get some of that old turning ability back, try releasing your left knee during your backswing. Let the momentum of your takeaway pull the left knee back so that if you were standing on a clockface, your kneecap would point at 1:00 at the top of your swing. This prevents the knee from dipping and frees your upper body to make a full turn.

On the downswing, start with your knee at 1:00, but allow it to gradually open to roughly 12:00 as you come down to impact. But don't rush this move—if you open the knee too quickly, your entire left side may spin out and ruin the proper sequence of body movements down to the ball.

During your backswing, release your left knee and allow it to move back until it's pointing to roughly 1:00 on an imaginary clockface. This move will allow your upper body to make a more complete—and more powerful—turn.

Graham Gaches

As you start down, keep your left knee pointed toward 1:00, but allow it to naturally and gradually move to 12:00 as the club nears impact. "Gradually" is the key, however—if you open the left knee too quickly, your left side may spin out and ruin your sequence.

Graham Gaches

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