Winter swing work

My winter employment at Simplex Sportszone has allowed me to use a TrackMan throughout the winter for giving lessons as well as working on my own swing.

Although I have been playing at a low single digit handicap, and have been for a fair while, I still had the problem with a big miss causing the odd blow up hole. Early in the winter I got the chance to start working with a Trackman. I saw a couple of things with my swing that I hadn’t noticed before that were causing the issue. I had developed a hip thrust which was causing me to stand up straighter at the waist and slouch my shoulders through impact, it also slowed my swing rotation down causing a wrist flip through impact.

When my timing was good everything worked great, but the smallest timing issue and I would either push slice the ball or hook it. This was the cause of my inconsistencies. Fixing this issue became my winter project.

It has been a difficult journey, and I have had to rebuild the muscles in my back that I haven’t used for a while. But I am happy with the progress so far.

I am starting with better posture, and during impact I am thrusting my hips less, allowing me to keep rotating and not flip my hands. This change has created a much more consistent ball flight, and hopefully will result in less blow up holes this year.

Swing changes are hard and changing one thing often creates the need to fix other issues related to the old swing that show up.

I am excited to see what the year brings and expecting some more hard work to come as my swing progresses.

If you have any goals to improve your game this year an would like some help, give me a call. I have different instruction options depending on your need.


Published by Steven Coulthard

CPGA Golf Instructor/Coach in Smithers British Columbia

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