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The moment of truth

Proper back swing builds consistency I like to think of this position at the top of the swing as the moment of truth.  A golfer that can complete his or her back swing syncing the proper shoulder turn, wrist cock and arm swing makes for a better downswing. Any time the club points differently at the top of the swing there has to be a downswing compensation in order to get the club back to the ball, often relying on hands and timing to square the face. There are different ways to reach this position and you will see this on the various tours. However, when the club moves in and up the right amount in the back swing or following the shaft plane established at address this makes it easier for all shots. Chipping and pitching and sand play are easier if the club swings back at the correct angle. If the club moves under that plane

going back (Raymond Floyd) you have to come over the top of that back swing to get back to the ball. If the club moves above that angle going back (Jim Furyk) you have to reroute the club back down from the inside to get the club back to the ball. Both of these players mentioned have obviously had great careers and learned a way to compensate quite well in hitting full shots and having great short games. Remember if you can swing the club back to this position consistently your chances of retuning the club down to the back of the ball are greatly increased. By Tracy Phillips Director of Instruction Buddy Phillips Learning Center, Cedar Ridge Country Club 918-352-1089

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