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Sunday, April 23, 2017

This Drill May Have an Important Side Effect! (Video)

This is one of the Night School videos from School of Golf. Martin and Blair demonstrated a drill Martin got from the late Mo Norman... but it may help you in a way Martin didn't mention!

Here's the deal: Martin says it should help your balance, and that's true.

He also says it should help your swing plane. I'll admit I'm not as interested about that, except as it helps your balance. After all, if you take the club back properly (one-piece takeaway, anyone?) then you should come down properly.

But what caught my attention was the stance. Usually this kind of drill is done with the weight on the lead foot, and the trailing foot is drawn back and "unweighted." But this drill is the exact opposite! Your weight is on your trailing foot, and the lead foot is drawn back.

To be honest, my first thought was... won't this teach you a reverse pivot?

Instead -- and perhaps this is because my balance is already pretty good -- I found myself making a swing with no reverse motion at all. But I discovered something else as well.

Martin focuses on how this might help you fight an over-the-top move. But it will also help stop an in-to-out move, which may help a lot of you square up the clubface at impact!

Here's the reason: Both moves are caused because your elbows get too far away from your body -- your trailing arm in the downswing (that exaggerates the over-the-top move) and your lead elbow in the followthrough (that makes many players leave the clubface open). If you keep your lead elbow close to your side until the ball has been hit, the rolling of your lead shoulder will cause the clubface to square up.

Be aware -- and Martin didn't mention this -- if you have a problem with hooking the ball, this drill could exaggerate that problem. So if hooking is a problem for you, you might be better served to make swings with both feet together. Gets the same result for improving your balance without encouraging a hook.

But if you're having trouble squaring the face at impact, you might want to give this drill a try.


  1. Isn't this similar to Lexi, Laura Davies, or any of other big hitters?

    1. I think you're right, Phil. Most of the big hitters are pushing up a bit more with their lead leg at impact -- with the driver, that is -- so they can swing upward at the teed ball. It sure looks like this mimics that impact position.