How to Make Dramatic Improvement to Your Backswing!

By: Verlyn Ross

A Backswing is defined as the motion of bringing the club from the ball to the top of the swing.

It comes as no surprise that most people, including the great ones, first study their backswing in an attempt to determine areas where they can improve. Many golfers struggle to improve their golf backswing, but do not know how. Pounding hundreds of balls at the range isn't going to achieve a bigger golf backswing.

A Better Backswing - So How Do I Do It?

First of all, understand that it's within your power! While it's not easy, if you're serious about the game of golf, it's worth all the dedicated application required to achieve it. And, it will certainly reqire hard work and effort, grit and determination on your part. But, it's an investment in yourself that you'll want to make, if you aspire to become good at the game of golf. The best advice that I can give you, if you are a beginning golfer, is to stay now with the tried and true, the basics.

You want to hit that little ball with the right combination of power and accuracy that you can. And, you must do this without giving up form and balance. So, you have to hit that ball with great power but without "coming over the top", as it is called. That reflects a basic flaw in your swing The clubhead hits the ball on the outside and the result is a disastrous slice.

Every golfer wants to hit the ball with as much power and accuracy as he or she can possibly muster, of course without sacrificing form and balance. So in order to accomplish this, you must be able to give the ball everything you've got, but without "coming over the top", as it is commonly referred to.

This term describes a swing flaw which causes the clubhead to veer off to the outside of your target line during the downswing. The result of such a shot? A horrendous slice.

So, What's the Answer - Come From The Inside

While the answer is simple and straightforword, executing it will take some work and effort. Obviously, you must stop coming over the top. And , you must keep your clubhead from moving outside. The technique that you must learn is to come at the ball from the inside.

Practice is all important. But, once you make that significant investment, you can get rid of your disastrous slice. You do this by connecting with the ball in a downswing. It comes from the inside of the target line, but ever so slightly.

From the Practical Point of View - How Do I Get There

Here's a down-to-earth drill that will help you accomplish your objective.

1. Place 3 tees in the turf. Place them about 3-4 inches apart. Alogn them at a 45 degree angle with your target line. Now remember that if you're right-handed, the line should be pointing to your left foot. Allow sufficient space between the tees so that you can swing the club through.

2. The next action is to determine your swing path. Using your 5-iron, lead off a few swings by trying to hit the top portion of the middle tee. Your clubhead must pass between the outside tees in a pathway that is best described as "in-to-out" to avoid any contact with the other tees.

Practice this technique. Hit the middle tee until you are making contact correctly from the inside. If you happen to hit the outside tees, then you need more practice. Obviously, you must avoid coming over the top.

Hang in there. If you're serious about golfing, spend the effort. Get rid of that slice.

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