I recently was made aware of a young girl from Pakistan, named Rabia, who loves to play golf from my friends at Womensgolf.com. Womensgolf.com is a golf instructional website that is inspiring women from all over the world and encouraging them to play golf. Rabia asked for some help with her swing. Rabia has a beautiful swing and is already doing a lot of great things in her swing, but she would like some more consistency.
The key to being consistent, no matter what level player you are, is to make sure that the clubface is square at impact. The legendary Ben Hogan once said that the best golf psychologist in the world is a square clubface. To achieve a square clubface, you need to make sure your grip is correct and that you start the clubface on the correct path on the backswing because that sets up how the clubface will approach the ball on the downswing.
Here are my suggestions for Rabia to become more consistent. So fun to see girls playing golf from all over the world. Check out Rabia’s swing.
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Rabia Swing Analysis
You do a lot of great things in your swing. You have a beautiful turn and weight shift. I love your set up. It looks very athletic. There are just two things that I want you to focus on for now in your swing to help you become more consistent:
Monitor your grip, specifically your left hand. You want to make sure that the ‘v’ that your thumb and forefinger form point to the right side of your face, so that the grip of the left hand is a little more in your fingers and in a little stronger position. Watch the video below to see how to place your hands on the grip.
The takeaway. This is very important in the swing because the way you start your swing back determines how square the clubface will be at impact. Ideally, you want that clubface to stay square to your body as you take it away. Avoid letting the clubface roll open on the takeaway. Watch the video below to see a simple drill for the takeaway.
If you live in the Southeast like I do, golf season has already started. The warm weather pushes people outside and on to the golf course. To start your season out right, do a few quick fundamental checks to make sure that you start your golf season on the right track.
If you have a hard time aligning yourself up on the golf course, try this quick inside alignment drill to assure you are aiming at your target.
Quick Alignment Check
Aim down your target line.
Place a club along your foot line.
Your feet should not align at your target. If your feet are pointing directly at your target or any other direction except for parallel to target line, you will have to make swing compensations.
You need to adjust your set up until you are aligned correctly.
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Watch Patrea demonstrate the ‘side sit up’ series on a reformer that will help you improve your golf swing.
In the golf swing, you need to be able to do a combination of side flexion (frontal plane movement or side to side motion) and rotation (transverse plane or rotational movement) in your core to wind up behind the ball and create power.
What is great about Pilates is that the exercises take your body through all planes of motion:
The sagital plane
The frontal plane
The transverse (horizontal) plane
I consulted with Pilates expert and 15 to Fit Pilates, Barre and Fitness owner in Mooresville, North Carolina, Patrea Aeschliman on what are the best Pilates exercises to work in different planes of motion just like you do in the golf swing.