I am amused at some of the suggestions I read about how to drive a golf ball straight.
For example, I recently read an article that suggested you should place the ball off your left toe, grip only your left hand on your club and then simulate a golf swing with your right hand as a way to learn how to hit a golf ball straight.
Personally, I don’t believe this practice routine is going to produce your best golf shots.
Below is the portion of the article that recommends such a simulated swing with the right hand:
“For this drill you need your driver.
1. Take your driver in your left had (right hand for the left handed golfer).
2. Take your normal stance. Feet nice and wide as they would be if you were driving the ball.
3. Take your driver and place it in front of your right toe. In terms of distance away from your right toe, your left arm should be nice and straight.
4. From this position you need to hang your right hand down where it would be if you were gripping your club. Make a back swing with your right hand. Ensure that you make a full turn as you normally would if you were driving the ball. Now your left arm and club will move slightly but try to keep the club relatively straight.
5. Now this step is the most important. Make a down swing but you MUST keep the club straight. You will feel some tension in your shoulders as you do this. Rotate your hips as far as you can but keep the club straight. From this position it is near impossible to come from outside the line. This position will get your hips rotating before your shoulders which is a key component in fixing your slice.
6. repeat and repeat and repeat. This will help train your muscle memory and you will begin to feel your hips driving the down swing rather than your shoulders or hands. When you do this you will come from the inside and you might even start drawing the ball.”
You will find the complete article at http://golfswingjourney.com/how-to-fix-a-slice-right-toe-drill.html.
In all due respect to the author of this piece, swinging with only one hand does not accurately simulate an actual golf swing.
HERE IS WHY
The instant a golf club is gripped with either an overlapping, interlocking or baseball style of grip, the club face will rotate to an efffective open alignment.
In addition, the instant such a conventional style of grip is formed on a club, the elbow line–the imaginary line running across the interior of the elbows-will rotate to create an out-to-in swing path of the club face.
This combination of an effective open alignment and an out-to-in swing path establishes a slice ball flight alignment.
To make matters worse, any subsequent movement of a body part or, a set of body parts, will rotate the club face to a different ball flight alignment.
Considering the reality there are typically several body part movements after the grip is formed on the club but, before the club is swung, the ball is likely to fly in any direction but straight, irrespective of how the right hand is swung.
The solution to this anatomical nightmare is to lock-in a straight ball flight alignment during the set up proceedings and deliver a square club face to the ball on a path that matches the target line,
When the golf swing instructions are followed to lock-in a straight ball flight alignment, the down swing will deliver a square club face to the ball at impact on a path that matches the target line and the ball will fly on a straight course to the target, without having to manipulate the right hand during the swing in any manner. It happens automatically.
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