I got back to hitting balls yesterday…

…and here is an observation I made of my own feels and watching others.

This whole “swing inside/out” mantra is even a bigger travesty than I thought. I saw so many people coming from way under the plane trying to swing inside/out too much.

I understand golfers around the world are trying to stop coming over the top, but swinging inside/out is just another bad swing path. Just like casting and holding the lag are different kinds of bad releases.

I don’t want to get all technical and lose half the readers, but I want to clarify “inside/out” again.

The clubhead should travel on an arc. The golf ball is the farthest point out on the arc. If you swing inside/out too much, the arc gets bigger after impact and that is a death move. The shanks, blocks and even snap hooks result.

The proper terminology should be inside/out/inside.

The club comes from inside the target line, out to the ball and back inside on a path that mirrors the path coming into the ball.


It will happen automatically if you avoid doing something terrible…like consciously swing inside/out.




  1. Bob34


    On a slightly different tangent & you alluded to this but I think the one phrase; “Most amatuers…” is the most used by golf instructors & probably the most responsible for why so many of us hacks fall into bad habits. You do a good job of not lumping all of us into one broad category with the way you word things. I always get the impression from your posts, if the shoe fits wear it, if not, dont. You have a gift for that which saves a lot of us from working on crap we don’t need to and maintaining focus on the stuff we do need to work on as indiviudals.

    Now post something tomorrow that I don’t like because I’m getting tired of myself agreeing with you all the time… 🙂

    • Steve Bishop

      Ohh ohhh.. I know. He could post his opinion on Arizona’s immigration bill. SOMEONE is bound to disagree with him on THAT!

  2. Mike Z

    Great, simple observation. I think Harvey Penick had a similar phrase, but he called it “inside to square to inside”. I think when most golfers misinterpret swing path, it is the word “out” that gets them into trouble.


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