2 Keys To Master A Consistent Golf Swing

2 Keys To Master A Consistent Golf Swing

Are you looking for a more consistent golf
swing? Are you looking to find a way to be better
every single time and not have those wild misses on the golf course? Today, I’m going to give you two drills. We’re going to get you cleaned up in your
swing, and then cleaned up on the golf course, as well. So, let’s get into how we’re going to fix
your golf swing. So, when I’m working with players on a lesson
tee, and we’re trying to dive into the best swing and we’re looking for certain pieces
on video, one thing that we focus on is where the golf club aligns in their downswing, at
right about here. I want to see the shaft line up with the right
form, so that way, we can get an effective delivery through to our finish. And if we don’t have the golf club lining
up properly in the downswing, it becomes very difficult to have a consistent impact. But, on top of that, just because we put it
in the right place in the downswing doesn’t mean we’ll deliver it the same way. So, we’ve got two alignment sticks we’re going
to use here, and it’ll help us find the better way to deliver the golf club in the downswing,
and that way, we can have a greater hit on the golf ball. So, first, we’ll line our sticks up. We’ll get set up. We’re trying to keep it on a similar plane
as our golf club. We move it just outside the club head, about
a club-length back, and we push that in the ground. This one’s just going to be a friendly reminder
to swing underneath. This one will be further away than our other
stick, which will, again, will be on the high side of the golf club, close to the plane
of the club that we’re swinging. And what this will let us do is hit a shot,
the ball should go underneath the stick, and we should be able to not hit the stick with
our golf club, as well. And because, the reason why the stick in the
front is located there is, I’ll see players line it up perfectly here, and then send their
golf club out to the alignment stick. Well, if we do that, we’re just going to hit
blocks, and it could get worse, too, if the golf club travels too far out, if you catch
my drift. So, we get set up, and our goal is to swing
underneath the blue, down, and line our arms up correctly where our elbow’s hitting right
in between our belly-button and our spine, club head’s behind our hands, and the golf
club will exit underneath the yellow. So, if we do this all correctly, it should
look a little something like this. And so, the goal here is, we’re trying to
swing underneath that and underneath this one. Now, let’s say you struggle from Old Mr. Over-the-Top,
and you get up on the ball and it’s ‘Whap!’, and you’re just nailing the stick, right,
and the club head’s too far out. I want you to get set up, take the club back,
and pretend you made a full golf swing. I want you to pull the club down, elbow in. Your right arm’s going to look like it lines
up with your right leg, and the golf club should look like it still points to the golf
ball. From here, I want you to try and make a golf
swing and hit the ball. If you need a little pump, give me a little
pump to get some speed, and we’re going to hit our shot. Now, if you hit the stick, it means you didn’t
turn enough to the finish and get your hands going up and in. So, what I mean by that is, once you get to
this little magical moment where your right arm lines up with your right leg, the golf
club points to the ball, your hands shouldn’t drift out. Your hands should come up and into your left
leg to your left pocket. So, you should feel like you’re shutting a
door, and your left hip is the door, that which you swing around. So, it’s back, a little pull down, give a
little pump, and around the door we go. Now, “Coach, I’ve mastered your alignment
stick drill, but I can’t get it done on the golf course. I suck on the golf course. I need to get better.” The next part is tempo. Most players will range from a backswing-to-impacts
ratio of two-to-one. So, if their backswing takes two seconds,
downswing would take one second, but that’s obviously exaggerated. It’s less than that. It’s actually a quarter of a second for most
downswings, but the ratio still remains the same, just two up, one down. So, if we do that, they can go all the way
up to three-to-one. It can range from two- to three-to-one, and
it depends on who you are as a player. So, for me, I’m a two-to-one, two-and-a-half-to-one
ratio, so when I get set up, I like to do a drill where I go, “1, 2, 3,” and I’m trying
to get back to impact by 3. I start my golf swing on 1, and I try and
hit the ball by 3. So, let’s give it a shot. “1, 2, 3.” Now, if you hear a quick grunt or acceleration
to your voice on the 3, or impact, you are swinging too hard and exerting yourself too
much. So, the goal is to try and even it out. And yes, you have to say it out loud. You can’t stand there and whisper it in your
head because you won’t grunt. So, it’s out loud, “1, 2, 3.” And our goal is to get away from that grunt
and even out our downswing voice. That way, we’re exhaling our air and getting
all the air out of our gut as we hit the ball. And that way, it’s not a tense hold-our-breath
moment where we have all this because if we tense up, hold our breath, when we hit the
ball, all that goes out and that’s why you hear that high accelerated pitch at the third
position. Now, some of you are, you know, 3-counters,
right, so you, 2 may be too quick. So, you can go, “1, 2, 3, 4,” and hit it,
but that’s too slow for me. I’m better at that two-and-a-half to two range. So, try that on for size for tempo on the
golf course. Try it on the practice range first, get a
feel for it. Then, on the golf course, count out to your
head, “1, 2, 3,” and that will transfer you out on the golf course. You have your alignments for your downswing,
your tempo for the track, and I’ll bet you have a better consistent swing at the end
of the day.

Comments (19)

  1. Watch this next video to see how to fix your hook:

  2. Excellent instruction!

  3. Great tip! Do you think about keeping your head behind the ball?

  4. like it. good job. keep it up

  5. So we've been told for years, to avoid an over the top move, we must swing out and not in.  But now, in this video, we are told to pull the club in after impacts?????   This drill is…….IDK.

  6. Where is Matt located?

  7. Hands down the best golf instructional video I"ve ever seen. Cleared up a lot of the confusion regarding the downswing and impact. Can't wait to try this on the range. Thanks so much Matt.

  8. Count is a good tip to avoid too many swing thoughts

  9. Man that downswing looks flat as hell…

  10. Hard to see where exactly to put the rods, but great tip if one puts them right

  11. Super video A classic. Where the club aligns in the downswing is great advice. I like the part where the shaft aligns with the right leg with the clubhead behind the hands about waist high​. Great reference point. To me that is the slot. Well done. If you swing from there you can not but hit/swing through the ball smack on down the line..

  12. Probably the best golf video on the internet

  13. i hold my breath when i swing, i think. not good.

  14. This is extremely helpful, I like what these drills focus on. For beginners and intermediate players – staying on plane and having good tempo is a crucial factor to becoming a better, more consistent golfer.

    Do you have a video on gripping the club correctly? The various styles players use..?

  15. Stumbled across your site and I have to say that your teaching method is fantastic and easy to understand and I am finally hopeful to be able to sort out my erratic inconsistent golf swing. Thank from the UK

  16. Can I apply this drill to the Driver?

  17. How many swings would you recommend for a mechanic change to become habit? I’m going to use this drill, but I was wondering how long until I should expect the change to become a habit. Thanks Matt.

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