Staying connected in the golf swing simply means maintaining a tight relationship between the body, arms, and club from start to finish. Nothing in the swing trails. Everything works together. Great players work on staying connected daily. Recently, I watched Tiger Woods hit balls at the WGC Cadillac Championship here at Doral with a glove under his right armpit. He did this to stay connected with his body and right arm. Why stay connected? The result is better consistency with your timing. There’s less pressure on your sequence.
I might be giving away a little secret, but here’s one of the greatest golf videos of all time by Ben Hogan. He very simply explains what it means to stay connected.
Here’s a couple drills to work on. (you don’t really need a ball to start)
Drill #1 (for slicers)
Place a glove, head cover, or small towel under our left armpit. Hit small shots on the range to get started (approximately 40-60 yards). Focus on the subtle pressure between your upper left arm and the left side of your body. Don’t let the towel fall out. You’ll notice how the left arm doesn’t have the chance to move away from the body, or saw across the body like a chicken wing after impact. With the towel in place, the clubface releases naturally – a great drill for slicers. Remember to stay loose.
Drill #2 (for hookers)
Place a glove, head cover, or small towel under your right armpit. Hit small shots on the range to get started (approximately 40-60 yards). Focus on the subtle pressure between your upper right arm and the right side of your body. Don’t let the towel fall out. The right arm doesn’t have a chance to disconnect after impact and release down the target line– common to inside-out swingers. Practice this drill if you hit pushes or big hooks.
Long and Striaght,