The Pyramid Of Learning (End)
The Axe Drill continued…
- To make the first move in the swing, simply encourage your right elbow to fold naturally as you begin to rotate your shoulders. As a result of you assuming that distinct starting position, the right elbow is inclined to fold away, and doing this will will get the club to halfway (1).
- From halfway back, complete your turn in a co-ordinated fashion, allowing your right arm to continue to fold as your left shoulder turns under your chin (2). [Remember, keeping the chin and knee levels constant throughout will help you to swing in balance – one of the vital keys to power and consistency.]
- From this great-looking backswing position, you are now ready to unleash the power you have created: allow your arms/body to unwind togethertowards the target. In a great delivery position (3), you can now co-ordinate the turning of the lower body with the correct rotation of the forearms and the ‘release’ of the clubhead for impact.
- And here’s the secret to this drill (as I hope you can identify in my impact position): via the correct release of the wrists and forearms, you return the club to the bucket in this toedown position – i.e. you want the backof club to make contact with the bucket (not the toeend as per the starting position).
This latter point really is key in helping you to deliver the club to the ball correctly in your swing proper. The feeling you need to develop is one where your lower body rotates as your forearms release into the ball. The forearms then extend down the target line as your lower body completes its rotation and the upper body starts to open up.
[Note: If you incorrectly attempt to return the club to its original starting position – i.e. returning the toe-end into the bucket – you will experience a totally different series of sensations as you unwind to impact. Almost certainly you will sense that your weight is going backwards with your arms working on the inside towards the target. You will not be able to ‘sequence’ your delivery correctly and it will feel like either your lower body or the clubface is racing ahead of the other through impact.]
When I work with tour players I ask them to try to experience the wrong delivery position (i.e. the one that returns the toe-end of the club to the bucket), and this very quickly highlights the subtle differences in the movement of the lower body and the forearms through impact. Try it for yourself. Once you can feel this difference, stop, and do not practice the incorrect movement again!
Now you are ready to practice the Axe Drill correctly on a daily basis. A couple of minutes a day doing this will help you develop a much more dynamic, ‘on plane’ swing, one that will enable you to deliver maximum power to the ball through impact.
ATTITUDE – PLAY
Once you have worked on your swing you need to let it all flow. People talk a lot about ‘rhythm’. According to the Oxford English dictionary, ‘rhythm’ = ‘regular movement or pattern’. With ‘routine’ defined similarly as, ‘activities done regularly’ it is easy to understand how developing a good routine will give you good rhythm.
Remember, golf is a game of constants and repetition. If your preshot routine is inconsistent it will result in inconsistent swings.
- A sound pre-shot routine will promote positive mental attitude
- Allow you to focus on each individual shot
- Ensure good fundamentals at address
- Promote good tempo and rhythm
“It is impossible to hit good shots all of the time, but you can COMMIT to hitting good shots all of the time”.
ON THE COURSE
When you are playing golf, resist the temptation to get angry with yourself. If things are not going your way, anger will only be detrimental to you and your performance.
In my opinion anger is a three stage emotion which begins with irritation (e.g. missing two short putts); is followed by frustration (more missed putts!); finally resulting in anger. Do not get angry with your golf game. Get curious. Where have all the putts missed? Left or right? Was distance control the problem? Start asking pertinent questions and you will find the specific answers to the problem…and stop the anger.
Resisting anger will allow you to say to yourself at the end of the round, “That was the best score that I could have made today, because I tried on every shot”. If you can say that after every round you play then you will have good attitude.
As a final thought, remember that the road to success is always under construction, but with good attitude you will always keep improving.