Making changes to your golf swing should be done in stages as trying to work on too many pieces at any one time is going to slow down improvement and could just plain confuse you. These one or two pieces are known as priority pieces.
I currently have a few priority pieces (which directly contradicts what I’ve just said above) but I only have 2 dynamic priority pieces in the swing the rest are static pieces at address.
So what are my priority pieces?
- (Address) – More neck tilt (tilting my head downwards) – this will enable me to see the ball out of my central vision rather than straining to see the ball out of the bottom of my eyes.
- (Address) –Hands closer to thighs – I was reaching out for the ball. There should only be 1 hand width between the butt of the club and your thighs – I had enough room for two hand widths.
- (Address) –Weaker grip – I had a very strong grip which was causing issues with how fast I hinged my wrists and causing my to cup my wrist at the top of the back swing (this cupping can lead to an open club face).
- (Back swing) – Club head passes through hands at A2 (see here for the golf alignments or positions) – I take the club head back too far to the inside which causes problems with the diagonal sweet spot path which means I need to make a compensation – this could cause an over the top swing leading to pulls and pull slices. The club head should pass through the hands at A2 (when the club shaft is parallel to the ground) from the down the line camera angle.
- (Down swing) – Right elbow in to hip and hands down as the hips slide forward – This gets the hands down in to the delivery position, this helps to control the diagonal sweet spot path and aids in swinging from the inside.
So there you have it, three checks for address, a back swing thought and a down swing thought.
The below images are stills from full speed swings which show that I can hit these positions, I just need to work on them until they become second nature before moving on to my next priority piece – whatever that may be.
The ‘delivery position’, here I’m just about hitting the delivery position – me on the left, Grant Waite on the right:
Club head passing through hands at A2 (this still is from slightly after A2 here as my camera has poor FPS so the exact frame is missed).