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Golf Doctor: Kevin's Case Book.

Byline: KEVIN CRAGGS

THIS week my chosen case study is a pupil who is suffering from a swing fault causing him to encounter a number of problems such as inconsistent ball striking, a lack of distance and no directional control. His fault happens to be common among the amateur golfer and can be fixed relatively quickly so let's have a look more closely what's going on

Case Pupil Name: Tom Stewart Age: 41 Occupation: Right said Fred lookalike Weaknesses: To sexy for my golf Ambition: Play 18 holes with Tiger Woods and Cliff Richard Problem: Very inconsistent

Case Professional Name: Andrew Coltart Age: 35 Occupation: Tour Pro Weaknesses: Driver goes left Ambition: Find some winning form Problem: Need more holidays

THERE are distinct differences in the way Tom and Andrew's arms have extended through impact.

Look how Andrew drives the club and arms towards the target. He really is pushing the club as far away from his body as possible.

Look at Tom's position after impact. He is pulling his arms up towards his chest, forcing the club to come up and out of the shot too quickly.

This is a common sight among amateurs as the post-impact position is one of the most neglected and least-practised parts of the swing. In fact the position after impact is probably the most important part of the swing as it tends to be a reflection of what has gone on during impact. Any slight blemish at this point in the swing will lead to all sorts of inconsistencies.

Every top player achieves this fully extended position after impact. Look how strong and straight Andrew's left arm is. This position is absolutely critical if you want to hit with power in the right direction. The moment the left arm collapses the club head is drawn up towards the body, causing a thin shot or a top.

Practise hitting shots with a mid-iron, making full backswings, stopping the follow through at the halfway point.

Once you can stop the club midway in the finish make sure your hips are fully turned and your belt buckle is facing towards the target. The knees should be together and you should be rotating the right foot so it is turning on to the tip-toe.

Make sure both arms are fully pushed out away from the body and the club face is at a right angle to your chest.

Your head should remain steady and you should have the feeling of the right shoulder being lower than the left at the midway point.

You will soon hit the ball as far with a half swing as you did with a full swing. Alternate between full and half swings and a sudden surge of power and control will introduce itself to your game
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 1, 2005
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