Why swinging inside/out is bad

Too far inside on the backswing will almost always force you to come over the top to get the club back in front. I have talked about that many times.

I have also talked about being stuck and having to flip when you come too far from the inside on the downswing.

What I have not talked about is what coming too far from the inside does to your ability to hit down on iron shots. It makes it necessary to manipulate the club and/or body.

This is not an opinion it is simple body mechanics. As an experiment, try and come way too far from the inside and try and hit down at the same time. You can’t. Obviously there is a tipping point where you are properly coming from the inside, but that point is not very far from the inside.

The angle of attack becomes so shallow, you can’t hit down on the ball.

Like most things in golf, the opposite of “bad” is just as bad or worse. Over the top is a problem, but not nearly as big of a problem as those who start coming too far from the inside to avoid over the top.

Proper tilt, 90* shoulder turn back and through, shift your weight, …the club comes the proper amount from the inside.

Dropping the hands in the slot on purpose, a vertical shoulder turn to get the club inside, swinging out to right field with the arms, swinging outside the target line…all bad.

You do that and you go to the box for two minutes by yourself…and you feel shame, but then you get free.

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  1. Bob Saunders

    “This is not an opinion it is simple body mechanics. As an experiment, try and come way too far from the inside and try and hit down at the same time. You can’t. Obviously there is a tipping point where you are properly coming from the inside, but that point is not very far from the inside.

    The angle of attack becomes so shallow, you can’t hit down on the ball.”

    Wish I had know this 20 years ago!

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  2. woody

    Jason, that’s a very arm-intensive backswing.

    I’d say you need a more body-centered idea about coordination. I wish I could think of a video to post, but all of the modern stuff is all about planes & angles…which means arms & club shaft. Before, this sorry development, back in the good old days, players just used their bodies in a natural way.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StKkT9sTTtQ TOP: Nicklaus, Player, Palmer, Souchak

    Notice the movement of their right bun. That suggests to me that they’re using the most massive muscle in their bodies…rather that having it dragged around by an arm swing.

    Here’s somebody modern who isn’t afraid to use his bun as a hip rotator with his backswing:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=DB-L9wkNO6c (0:19) Sadlowski

    “Resist with your hips,” has to be just about the worst golf advice ever given. But, so is “turn-your-hips”…because you’re only working with one “hip” at a time, and the other one is reacting, unless you’re doing the 1960 Chubby Checker dance craze, the Twist.

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  3. Jason

    Thanks Woody. I also need to keep the hands in front of me in the back swing.

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