Most faults start either from the set up or the take away which leads to unnecessary compensations to get back to impact. This exercise will encourage a smooth and well connected take away.
As you can see in photo1, if the club moves back too quickly and is led by the hands, the arm rolls away from the chest causing the club to move back on the "inside". This causes the club to get trapped, work off plane and across the line as in photo 2. More often than not causes people to come down steep on the ball as the club compensates to get back on track as in photo3
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A simple and inexpensive tool to help correct this is an empty box of a dozen balls. Place the box in line with the ball but behind the club as in photo 4, then make a take away move ensuring that the box goes backwards in a straight line, photo 5. This is done by moving the upper body more to start the swing and not just your hands.
As you can see this keeps the club more out in front of you and on plane, and allows you to get the club in a much better position at the top of the swing, photo 6. From here the club has a direct angle of attack back to the ball and doesn't need to be reworked back on line.
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