The Law of Unintended Consequences

Link: The Law of Unintended Consequences

One of the tricks to teaching/learning golf is to know the in’s and out’s of what you’re doing.  There is a GOLF Magazine article out that really exemplifies this.  Click on the link above to see the article:

The idea is to get a positive attack angle on the ball for less spin and higher launch.  In theory, this is a great idea and a great tip.  However…..I think the law of unintended consequences will take over.

When the avg. golfer moves the ball up in his stance, he has a tendency to “reach” for it by opening his shoulders.  This produces the unintended result of an outside in swing path and usually a steep angle of attack.  (Plus, if the lead hip is tight and/or the lead glute is weak, he’ll have a tendency to really be decelerating by the time he gets there.) So, if you’re working on a better launch, here is what I suggest:

Make sure you’re on a launch monitor that correctly can measure angle of attack.  We use the Flightscope in our golf schools.

Determine your current “launch” with your driver and then decide what parameters need improving.

Determine if it’s the driver’s fault or the user’s fault.  As a general rule, the better the player, the more it’s the driver’s fault.  Usually this player can experiment with different drivers and find the optimum launch.  The avg. golfer will usually need a better set up/swing and trying different drivers should be saved for later.

If you are the problem, try to determine if it’s in your set up or your swing or both.

To improve your launch, try working with the speedball and move the target in front (like the article suggests) but make sure to turn the target 30 degrees (inside out) so you can’t “come over the top”.  This will help you to hit out and up and get a better launch.

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