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Stuart Small PGA

GForce Golf Founder 

 

Why do i hit the swing trainer to the right or out of the toe?

A shot to the right or toe strike with the swing trainer is because the shaft is not unloading, this causes the face to be open on impact. This is a result of creating a lot of speed/force in your arms or body through impact instead of them slowing down to allow the energy to transfer into the clubhead, the kinematic sequence/sequencing! As the energy transfers from one body part to the next the previous segment should decelerate! 

Imagine driving your car at 70mph and then slamming the breaks on, the energy transfers from the car into your body propelling you forward. So, if you slam the breaks on with your arms the energy transfers from your arms into the club causing the shaft to unload accelerating the club head and squaring it up! that is the correct sequencing and over time you can work that into full swings.

I’m not saying your arms completely stop in the swing but they should slow down considerably if you allow the wrists to uncock to release the club. You can see this in the diagram below. For example, a club head travelling at 100mph the hands will be going around 15 mph. If they are moving any quicker and you dont allow the wrists to uncock the swing gets out of sequence so you have to manipulate the club with your hands to make contact. 

Drill

With the GForce make some half swings initially without the ball stopping your arms at impact and you will see how this makes the shaft kick/unload, this causes the face to rotate to square, over exaggerating this stopping of the arms at impact would over rotate the face closed and you would hit it left so then it is finding the balance between the two. Then hit some ½ / ¾ shots stopping the arms just after impact to activate the shaft, this will unload the shaft and the face will square up as a result of this. I hit a lot of full shots with the swing trainer trying to hold my follow through, as if there was a rope in front of me waist high when I follow through and I make sure the club does not hit the imaginary rope. This really helps my arms decelerate so the club can accelerate and square up without any manipulation.

 

Missing left when switch back to my normal club

If you do start hitting the GForce swing trainer straight but when you go back to your normal club you start pull hooking, it means you will be cheating the GForce club a by over rotating the hands or starting down with the upper body to square the face so when you go back to your normal clubs you pull hook, this is because you are compensating for the open face by using your hands or upper body to manipulate the face to square with the swing trainer. 

If when you first started using the swing trainer your misses were to the right?  you need to learn to make the shaft kick (unload) which will square the face as opposed to over rotating the hands to square the face. 

Drill

With the GForce try some half swings initially without the ball stopping your arms at impact and you will see how this makes the shaft kick/unload, this causes the face to rotate to square, over exaggerating this stopping of the arms at impact would over rotate the face closed and you would hit it left so then it is finding the balance between the two. (progress to my imaginary rope drill stopping arms waist high for the ideal result and straight ball flight) Do this with the GForce club and then your own and keep alternating between clubs.

I can’t connect at all or very inconsistent?

If this is the case you need to go back to basics, check your grip and posture. Ultimately it will be down to poor body rotation which can come from poor posture, this prevents your arms and club from swinging freely like a pendulum which gives the swing tempo. A poor rotation interrupts the free swinging motion of the arms and club because the chest gets in the way instead of rotating out of the way.

When I swing the trainer correctly it feels like a normal club, when I swing incorrectly the head feels disconnected from the shaft, like its broke if you can understand. Ideally you are trying to swing the club with minimum flex in the shaft, so when you video yourself it will bend a little on the takeaway, transition and follow through. At impact the correct mechanics and sequencing will create tension through the shaft making it stable! The key is to not overload the shaft!

 

How to hit the swing trainer left & why is this important to do?

With the GForce try some half swings initially without the ball stopping your arms at impact and you will see how this makes the shaft kick/unload, this causes the face to rotate to square, over exaggerating this stopping of the arms at impact would over rotate the face closed and you would hit it left so then it is finding the balance between the two. (progress to my imaginary rope drill stopping arms waist high for the ideal result and straight ball flight) Do this with the GForce club and then your own to see if there is a difference and keep alternating between clubs.

The biggest mistake golfers make is forcing the club through so it it very important to learn to do this if you have been hitting the ball to the right with the swing trainer. If you want to improve to the next level always learn to hit/shape the ball in the opposite direction to where you normally go. 

For me this was a big breakthrough in my game in the early days. I would always struggle with a big slice and aim left to compensate, i found the answer was to aim right and hit a big hook/draw and from that point my game went to another level!