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How to Shorten Your Backswing

Discussion in 'All Things Golf' started by BarnacleBob, Jan 23, 2016.



  1. BarnacleBob

    BarnacleBob GIM Founding Member & Mod. Founding Member Site Mgr Site Supporter

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    Step 1
    Address the ball with your feet a bit further apart. This will help you reduce your hip turn on the backswing and help shorten it.

    Step 2
    On your backswing, keep the foot nearest the target on the ground.

    Step 3
    Stay in balance throughout your swing. People with a long swing tend to sway away from the target on their backswing to achieve a full turn and a long swing. If you stay centered throughout the swing, you will be limited physically to how much you can turn your body, thus reducing the length of your swing.

    Step 4
    Avoid the so-called "flying elbow." Instead, try tucking your elbow into your side on your backswing. If you do, your hands will not be as high at the top of your swing and you will effectively shorten it.

    Step 5
    Slow down. Most people who overswing tend to speed up their swing. A good way to approach this is to stop briefly at the top before beginning your downswing.

    Step 6
    Begin moving your hips forward before you complete your backswing. Pay no attention to balls you might hit by doing this as they probably will go to the right if you are right-handed. Instead, it will create the image of shortening your backswing.

    Step 7
    Make sure your shoulders and hips move at the same time you are taking the club back. Too often, amateurs will restrict their shoulder turns, hit the ball a shorter distance, then try to make up for it by lengthening their swings. Remember that it comes down to how fast the club head is traveling when it makes contact with the ball that will translate to distance. If your golf swing is in sync, you can hit the ball a long way, even with a half-swing.

    Tips & Warnings

    You have the choice: Hit the ball about 300 yards into the trees or 230 yards into the middle of the fairway. With a shorter golf swing, you will be in more control and will hit fewer errant shots.
     
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    Almost every golfer has a backswing that is too long
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    The worse the golfer, the more likely their back swing is too long.

    This is the result of several different factors. “Trying to complete the turn” and other similar cliches are one cause.

    Arms and hands controlling the swing is another.

    I have said this again and again. The golf swing is individual and no two people are going to have the same dynamic and you must have a backswing that matches your body and skill level.

    I have sat on the range watching people hit on a launch monitor and seen this 1000 times if I have seen it once.

    A long sloppy arm controlled backswing that produces 80 mph of club speed and 110 mph of ball speed.

    Followed by a short compact shoulder controlled back swing, that allows the hips to clear and produces 95 mph of club speed and 140 mph of balls speed.

    Then the proverbial, “That shorter back swing feels so powerless, I don’t think I can do that.”

    It doesn’t matter whether it’s launch monitor numbers, or just eyeballing a drive that goes 10-20 yards farther, it’s all the same.

    YOU MUST FIND YOUR OPTIMUM LENGTH BAKCSWING.

    …and for some it’s might be the left arm (for right handed golfer) just getting to parallel to the ground or 9 o’clock. Others may get to cliche parallel, but most shouldn’t.

    The issue is finding the end of your shoulder turn and that will not only make it easier to accelerate, it will make it easier to link things up and hit the ball more solid and consistent.

    For most, that is a shorter backswing.

    http://montescheinblum.com/blog/2011/06/23/almost-every-golfer-has-a-backswing-that-is-too-long/
     

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