Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 264 - September 25th, 2013
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In This Issue  

- Tom's Featured Tip: Q&A: Deceleration
- Tom's Bonus Tip: Sweet Putting
- Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip:
Q&A: Deceleration

For the sake of simplicity, all advice on swings and drills is provided from a right handed perspective; lefties .... well, you know what to do!

Q: Gene C. emailed me this question after last week's newsletter:

Hi Tom, hopefully you can give me some advice.. I have suffered from this decelerating on the downswing for a few years. I cannot seem to conquer it. Especially my short game which used to be right on .. 100 yards in . I can still chip and putt but doing it lying 4 instead of 2 or 3 is huge. Can you suggest something? I keep thinking swing harder coming down but to no avail.

sincerely, Gene C.

Thanks for the question Gene.

There are body parts that should decelerate in the downswing so that the club can release properly at impact, including the arms. When they slow down, centrifugal force allows the wrists to release - but note that the left wrist should never bend more forward than flat. Another point to note is that your wrists need to remain soft so that they can release at impact.

I don't think your question pertained to that though Gene, so first let's identify common causes for improper deceleration at impact:
  1. Not understanding your own swing, ie: what body parts should be doing what at impact.

  2. "Steering" your shot instead of swinging freely. This is caused when you look at a tight shot with hazards or out of bounds looming.

  3. Tightness - caused by not being stretched out enough, or anxiety. When your muscles are tight, you can't make a full backswing turn or a free-flowing downswing.

  4. An improper weight shift - a reverse weight shift dumps lagged power early, causing deceleration at impact.

So what can you do to make corrections?
  • When I first heard the phrase "give up control to gain control", it didn't register with me. Then it dawned on me that when you own your swing, it happens naturally and without hesitation - so owning your swing helps you to keep from aiming it, and also helps to decrease your anxiety level. So I'll rephrase the original advice as follows: "Own Your Swing to Gain Control", which will produce a free flowing swing.

  • Keep your wrists soft in the backswing and downswing, but in good impact positions through impact. Never allow them to "flip" through impact, which adds loft to the shot and diminishes any chance for good compression. At impact, your left wrist should be flat (never cupped), and your right wrist should be bent back slightly (dorsiflexed).

  • A great drill to do is the "swoosh" drill. Simply make one handed swings with a 4 foot long 3/4" wooden dowel and produce a "swooshing" sound just beyond impact. When you do this with loose wrists, it will release naturally and come through with a lot of speed. You'll hear the "swoosh" sound and feel the speed. Just make sure that the sound is happening just after impact, not prior to.

    Then when you play, invert your club and take a few fast swings the same way with your left hand only, before you set up for your shot.

  • Last but not least, think "swing fast" - not "swing hard" it actually will make a significant difference in your swing speed. "Swing hard" tends to make you hit "at" the ball, "swing fast" makes your body swing through the ball with speed.

Love your practice, enjoy your golf, own your swing,


Tom's Bonus Tip:
Sweet Putting

For the sake of simplicity, all advice on swings and drills is provided from a right handed perspective; lefties .... well, you know what to do!

If you are leaving putts short or pushing them right, it may be because you're not hitting the ball on the sweet spot of the putterface.

Learn the difference in feel between a ball struck on the sweet spot and one that's not, and you'll find yourself setting up with more precision.

When you set up with precision it has a positive snowballing effect for your whole putting sequence. Your strike will be solid every time and your rollout will be as consistent as it can be for the weight (power) for every stroke.

This translates to better distance control and fewer three putts.

Love your practice, enjoy your golf, own your swing,


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
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