Monday, August 17, 2009

Get the right fit clubs for your Juniors

Choosing the right length clubs for your kids can make a difference in how there swing mechanics develop. Now a days junior clubs are pretty standard equipment on many golf courses. They are much lighter and easier to control than the old cut down shafts from Mom or Dads set. There are many junior sets out there with many companies providing a choice of sizes. Make sure the set you choose fit's the size of your child. Purchasing a set that is too big can have a negative effect on how your child's swing develops. The below images shows a set up position with a junior club that is too long (left) and one that is better fit to this junior player (right).
You can clearly see the difference in the overall setup position with the arms hanging down below shoulders and a lower shaft angle.

When your arm forms a straight line with the shaft at address the back-swing is usually too flat. When the left arm swings too low across the chest in the back-swing ( lower left image) the downswing becomes too flat. This flat down-swing makes it more difficult to make contact with the ground, causing thin shots. When the arms hang down from the shoulders with the hands lower (top right image), the left arm will work more vertical in the back-swing creating higher hands at the top. This allows the club to work into the ball on a steeper plane creating better ball turf contact on impact.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Increase your forward spine tilt to make better contact with the ball

Are you having difficulty consistently making contact with the golf ball? For a right- handed golfer, start by testing your left-arm swing without a club. If your left arm can't swing 45 degrees before it hits your chest, then you are standing too upright and you will end up swinging the club too flat around your body. This will cause the club to come in too shallow to the ball creating thin and topped shots. Increasing your forward tilt so that your arm-swing is 45 degrees will help your left shoulder work down and under in the back-swing. This will help the shaft move in a more vertical plane as you turn back, therefore creating a steeper plane on the downswing which helps create better club turf contact.

Thursday, August 6, 2009