3 Death Moves You Must Avoid if You Want to Play Consistently

There are certain moves in a golf swing that can be seen universally on all driving ranges of the planet – death moves that can wreck anybodies game. Most often these moves occur with golfers who rely on learning the game by feel alone. Unfortunately the golf swing needs different moves and timing compared to other sports. Golf is similar enough to other racket sports so players tend to rely on their experience or what feels right to them. But the golf swing needs a different approach in many ways to produce consistent, accurate golf shots.
Let’s talk about the three most common moves that may feel right to you but wreck your game all the time you do them – the three death moves you must avoid.

Death Move #1 – The Overly Inside Takeaway

takeaway and downswing, too inside and correct

takeaway and downswing, too inside and correct

Once people hear that the cause of their slice is coming from over the top, meaning that they are swinging from outside of their target line into the ball, most often throwing their right shoulder, the number one reaction is a takeaway that’s too inside. It seems logical that taking the club away more to the inside should help to hit the ball more from the inside on the way down. Unfortunately the opposite is the case. More often than not a overly inside takeaway is even one of the root causes for most golfers slices.

Rory Mcilroy showing the correct takeaway

Rory Mcilroy showing the correct takeaway

Take a look at your swing from a down the line view. If the club head is on the inside of your hands any time during your takeaway you are going too far to the inside. Compare your takeaway to the graphics and example takeaway and correct accordingly. If you are accustomed to taking it too far to the inside the right way may feel awkward to you at first but better contact and a more consistent ball flight will tell you that you are on the right track – once you avoid this death move!

Death Move #2 – The Flip – Helping the Ball Into the Air

Trying to scoop the ball is a big death move

Trying to scoop the ball is a big death move

You see this move a lot especially with shorter shots like chip shots or pitch shots. Instead of turning through the ball they stop their pivot before impact and try to scoop the ball. People who flip the club think consciously or unconsciously that they should help the ball into the air by doing a scooping motion just before impact. Unfortunately this motion destroys much of the momentum you created during your backswing and can lead to skulled shots when you hit the ball with the leading edge of your club head.

The golf club is crooked for a reason. You don’t need to help the ball into the air. Just focus on keeping your lead wrist square to your target line through impact while rotating your upper body through to the finish. Never stop rotating. If you ever see the club head in front of your hands during impact you know that you are scooping the ball.

Death Move – #3 Reverse Pivot – Straightening Your Right Leg During Your Backswing

The reverse Pivot wrecks your golf swing.

The reverse Pivot wrecks your golf swing.

This deadly move can have many different causes. The most common is that people push with their back leg while trying to shift their weight during their backswing. When you straighten your back leg during the back swing you tend to tilt your upper body away from the ball whch is the exact opposite of what you want to do. If your lower body is pointing towards the target during your back swing you are prone to th ereverse pivot.

Tiger Woods Backswing, 2001

Tiger Woods Backswing, 2001

To fight this tendency try to keep your knees flexed and pointing towards the target line in front of you while rotating your upper body. This may feel uncomfortable at first but once you get a feel for it – you’ll hit better shots and can say goodbye to the dreaded reverse pivot.

2018-01-10T08:56:17+00:00 November 28th, 2013|Golf Tips, Long Game|

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