How To Check Your Golf Backswing

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On the driving range you often see golfers swinging and then stopping at the top of their backswing to see if the club is in the correct position or not. But this is a very hard and not very accurate way of telling if your top of the swing position is correct or not.

If in the past you’ve struggled to know if your golf backswing is correct or not then today you’re going to get a great golf drill that will allow you to quickly and easily check your golf backswing.

To do this golf drill you simply have to swing back to the top of it and stop and hold your backswing position for a couple of seconds. Then from this position simply slowly loosen your grip and let the shaft fall down.

Now if the club hits you on the tip of your right shoulder that tells you that your golf backswing is in a good position. But if the club misses your body altogether that indicates that your golf backswing is too flat. And conversely if your club hits your head or neck that indicates that your backswing is too upright.

If after doing this backswing exercise you find that your top of the position is not where it should be then please don’t do this…

Do not try to manipulate what is happening near the top of your backswing to get the club in a good position, because you must understand that the golf swing is a chain reaction.

The position you get into at impact is the result of the downswing position that you were in. The position you get into in the downswing is a result of how you transitioned from your backswing to the downswing. The position you get into at the top of your backswing is simply the result of the position you were in half way into it. Where the club is half way into your backswing is simply the result of how you took the club away. And finally, the way you took the club away is largely a result of your setup.

So you see, you can’t take one position in your golf swing and try and fix that because the positions that you got into before that determined the future positions. Instead what you need to do is systematically work on getting each phase of the swing the best it can be, working from the setup, take away and on from there. If you do that you’ll naturally and automatically get into a great top of the backswing position.

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