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Use alignment sticks at home (or tape on the floor), or tees at the course, to create a visual grid with the golf ball at the center of the intersection. This will help you be able to SEE the path of the club through impact. I like to number the boxes for easy communication with students. If you use the 1,2,3,4 designations that I outline in this video then understanding club path will be easy. Staying in the odd boxes will help you have an inside out and shallow path, and staying in the even numbers will heal you have an outside in and steep path. Use this drill to fine tune your body's movements and how it affects your path.
Your feels are lying to you
The ball flight never lies to you. Sometimes it is confusing, but it never lies to you. If you "feel" like you swing the club way to the right, but the golf ball starts straigh and curves to the right (for a right handed golfer) then you know that you swung the club from outside to in (even boxes). It doesn't matter what you think you did, what you did is what produced the ball flight. Once you have a solid understanding of reading the ball flight, then you have a good chance to be able to make changes that will make it fly the way that you want to. Use this grid system on the range (or course by yourself) to help with your alignment, but more importantly to help give you a consistent path reference frame to speed up your learning.
Tags: Not Straight Enough, Draw vs Fade, Release, Drill, Beginner
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This drill video is called 4Square and it's the help you work on your swing path.
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So as you can see I've got two alignments, they're just one orange and one white, laid down on the ground.
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And just like the old 4Square game, this creates a nice little grid.
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We're going to, we're going to number these just for common language.
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So this one that my right foot is in is going to be square one and we have square two, square three and square four.
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Okay, so if we imagine that I'm hitting straight down the orange line or my target is straight down the orange stick, then the club going from square one to three or staying in the odd numbers is going to tend to hit a draw.
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Or at least have a path that's inside out, have the potential to hit a draw.
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Or a club that is going more from squares two to four or evens is going to tend to hit more of a pole or a pole fade.
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So this is a fun little visual where you can practice making different body movements to alter the path.
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So this is a great little visual for understanding the path, but the problem is these sticks take up.
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So it's not very practical as far as hitting on a real shot.
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So what I recommend is to take some teas and create a little grid instead.
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So here I've created the user or the usable force square model.
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So I've got a couple teas, two brown and two white and they create the grid that we were just talking about.
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So we've got square one, two, three, four.
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Right, as long as the club is moving from square one to three, the path is going to be mostly in out.
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As long as I am moving from squares two to four, the path will be outside to in.
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So this is a great way to play around with understanding some of your ballplay.
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As a drill, what I like to have people try to do is to try to get the club pointed more or less at the target and to do whatever they can with their body to get the club almost come coming from this tea here to that tea there because that be as much into out as I can.
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Then I'll have them do the opposite going from this tea here towards this tea.
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And I'll demonstrate from the down the line so you can kind of visualize that.
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So in the first version, I'm going to go from this white tea in close to me to that white tea out there.
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So that's an exaggeration of an into out path and then I'm going to exaggerate the out to in.
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And it gives me a good little visual because sometimes what'll happen is I will feel like I am really swinging into out.
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But the blur of the club will go from square two to square four.
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So this gives you a good little visual for seeing what the club is doing differently than just putting a club on the ground.
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And I think it can be helpful for working on your ball shaping.