Drill helps put swing in sync
By T.J. TOMASI
During your swing, there’s a noticeable rotation of the forearms which, if done correctly, is coupled with the unhinging of the wrists to allow the toe of the club to catch up with the heel, thereby squaring your clubface at impact. Since good players have already committed these mechanics (the “what”) to memory, when they go wrong, the problem is usually the “when.” Timing can alter where the clubface is looking at contact.
A good drill to help you sync up your arm and torso rotation for the all-important clubface control is to tee the ball and hit 7-irons with your legs crossed. Start with a short backswing and lengthen out as you feel more comfortable, but don’t try for your normal distance. This drill is for technique, not power.
The key is to let your forearms rotate back and through in response to the swinging of your arms, and let your chest do likewise. If you hook or pull the ball, you’re over-rotating your forearms. If you slice or push it, you’re over-rotating your chest. When you can hit the ball where you’re aiming, your arms and torso are synched.