Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 510 - Wed. June 13th, 2018
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Tom's Featured Tip: Swing Triggers
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Tom's Featured Tip: Swing Triggers

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

A swing trigger is a movement or thought used to initiate an action pertaining to any particular swing in golf. It can get your mind off swing mechanics in order to help you execute a good swing.

Some players believe wholeheartedly in swing triggers to start their swinging motion, or for use in various parts of their swing.

Others don't.

There are tons of triggers that you can choose from, here's what I use, teach, and recommend.

Full Swing Triggers

There are many choices, here are a few for you to consider.
  1. Just before your takeaway, forward press the club a little allowing the face to open one degree as you do. This will accomplish two things:
    1. It will add momentum to your backswing so that it feels like a swing, not a pulling or pushing back motion.
    2. It sets up a good directional path for your takeaway, which I like to see go slightly inside.

  2. At or slightly before you reach the end of your backswing, bump or laterally slide your hips towards the target to initiate your downswing. This puts the clubhead and your arms on a good downswing inside attack angle.

  3. Jack Nicklaus used to turn his head slightly to the right before his takeaway. I like that trigger because it reinforces square shoulders at address, and it helps set your body up for a good takeaway path.

    Some players on tour use a lateral knee kick to initiate their downswing like Gary Player does. I don't care for it because it's easy to turn that movement into a spin out if you aren't careful. I takes a lot of practice to nail that down, whereas the lateral hip shift is easier to learn.
Putting Triggers

I would recommend that all players use a putting stroke trigger, whether it be a mantra like "straight back - straight through", or a movement, or a combination of both.
  • A trigger I like for the putting stroke takeaway is a forward hand press, while keeping the face perfectly square to your aimline. Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson both use that trigger.

    Like the full swing trigger mentioned above, it sets you up for a rhythmic backswing. I usually add the putting mantra "straight back - straight through" to help keep the stroke smooth and flowing.

  • If I have a student that is too tense, or that drags the putter along the ground during their takeaway and backswing motion, I'll have that person simply lift the putter slightly off the ground before their takeaway. For that student, it relieves tension and helps guarantee a smooth swinging stroke rather than a "hitting" type of strike.
If you've never used a swing trigger, test these out at the range and the practice green and see if it frees up your brain and body to strike the ball better in your full swing as well as in your putting stroke.


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Tom Tucker
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