A Critical Angle in the Golf swing

Sometimes you read there are angles in the golf swing, and that the key to a good swing is to maintain those angles. I agree whole-heartedly.

What those angles are is the important point. There is one I have been working on for a while that is paying big dividends. It is the angle shown in the picture below, made by the clubshaft and arms as seen from a down-the-line point of view.

That angle need to be preserved throughout the swing. If it is, the hands and the club will return at impact to where they were at address. That’s a good thing.

So now I’m going to say something that contradicts what I just said: You can’t really maintain the angle throughout the golf swing. Try it. You get halfway back and you’re stuck. When you swing back, your arms have to fold, your wrists hinge, and there goes that angle.

But what shouldn’t change is the feeling of that angle. Even though it has in reality become much smaller (more acute, for those of you who stayed awake in geometry class) it feels like it is still the same. That’s the important part.

Then when you swing back down, the angle will reappear.

What do you get from this? You get, when you combine it with the hands leading the clubhead, not only straight shots (no or minimal curvature) but accurate shots–the ball goes where you were aiming.

How hard is this technique to learn? I had the feeling figured out in about five swings. (Hint: I started out thinking I as doing it with my hands, but realized it was more the hands and arms together.) Then you will need to hit balls to get used to it in action.

I would recommend learning the feeling by making half swings with a 9-iron at a slower tempo than usual. When you start getting it, work into longer clubs and longer swings, concentrating at all times on the feeling of maintaining the angle.

When the feeling is good and uniform throughout the bag, then start hitting balls.

You’re welcome.

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