GolfTEC Coach Ryan Husted helps his junior student, Jimmy, make varsity with this simple drill as seen on Golf Channel’s School of Golf.
As part of our exclusive series of GolfTEC features on Golf Channel’s The Golf Fix and School of Golf, GolfTEC Certified Personal Coach Ryan Husted helps his junior golf student, Jimmy, make his high school varsity golf team with the help of an extended club.
Like many uber-flexible juniors, Jimmy’s over-rotation led to his club and arms getting too long and well out of ideal position at the top of the swing, causing an outside-to-in swing path and inconsistent ball striking. But after some work with The Extended Club Drill and great visual feedback through Coach Ryan and GolfTEC’s Motion Measurement technology, Jimmy learned to control his rotation and get his arms and club in a much better position. Not only did this result in a lot more consistency with his ball-striking, but he turned his slice into a draw and added almost 30 yards of distance with his 7-iron!
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As seen on Golf Channel:
The Extended Club Drill
1. As you can see in these before images with Jimmy, his excessive hip turn caused his right elbow to get too high at the top of the backswing, with the club pointing too far across (to the right of) the target line.
2. By taking slow practice backswings with the extended club, as shown below, Jimmy was able to receive visual feedback and limit his hip turn to get his arms and club in a more desirable “down-the-target-line” position.
3. We also see that his right elbow is now pointing more downward than previously, his left elbow is slightly higher than the right, and both elbows are closer to each other.
4. Consistent practice with this drill helped Jimmy to not only limit his hip turn and get the club in a much better position at the top of the backswing, but also added a lot of distance and consistency to his ball striking!