The dangers of swinging to right field

I currently have 3 clients (starting to dislike calling adults, especially tour players, students) who got ruined by this thought.

One of them went from being an 8, to literally not being able to get an iron airborne from one day to the next. He shot a 79 and the next day, couldn’t break 120 for a month. Swinging to right field got him so inside on the way back, he would get steep in the downswing trying to create lag and since he was swinging to right field, humped the goat worse than anyone I have ever seen. On his good swings he shanked, but at least they got in the air. On the bad ones, he caught the ball square with the neck and bowled the ball dead straight. Surprised he broke none of them.

The other two had some of the worst hooks I have ever seen from what can only be described as swing paths that were around 15* (or more) in to out.

This has gotten me thinking that swinging to right field is never going to have a happy ending if it is a long term swing thought.

I am not denying its uses as a patch or drill for a week, but I am convinced it is dangerous as a course of action.

Just thought I’d share my observations, because I am sure there are people reading this right now that we’re saved from their over the top slice by this thought and want to give me a piece of their minds.

To those folks. Be careful and know when too much of a good thing gets you on the other side of the bad coin.

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  1. woody

    I believe that there are two ways of looking at golf:

    1) Golf is using the club.

    2) Golf is using your body, and the only reason that the club is there is that you couldn’t reach the ball without it.

    Steep…shank…hook…….#1 rule of golf: if you think too much about something, then something else is doing something wrong. Too much thinking about the club and arms?

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  2. Mike

    +1 on this. Great advice.

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  3. northgolf

    I think the timing of when you think about “swinging to right field” is important. It should not be part of the takeway – your analysis of the issues of swinging it back inside is dead on. That said, a baseball player never swings the bat back thinking hit to right field – a baseball player already has the bat in the correct end of backswing position. Hitting to right field is a forward swing concept.

    In that context, I’d like to hear your comments on it as an initial transition thought. More specificly, “swinging to right field” could be interpreted as equivalent to “feel like you are stepping into a right field hit”. Translated from the baseball swing, this would be an inital move of shifting your weight to the ball of your left foot (bump) before you straighten and post around your left leg (the straightening adds shoulder tilt to the back side (as long as your weight is inside your left foot) and with the posting I’ve always felt it move my weight towards my left heel as part of rotating around my center of gravity). The effect of this transition thought is the right hip does not initially turn and block on the forward swing (hitting to right field you step in with you left foot before firing your right side) and this leaves enormous space for the arms to move in (dump?) as they accelerate into and through the ball.

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