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How do I stop cutting across the ball?


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#1 TCNorthstars

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 01:39 PM

I am always coming a lot from outside in and it is driving me crazy.  Any tips?


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Posted 04 June 2009 - 01:52 PM

Few things I do when I start casting or getting too aggressive:

Stand feet together and make a few swings, now I'm not a teacher at all, and know nothing about why this helps me, but it forces me to be centered around my body and puts me back into a better plane. I think it keeps me from leaning forward in my swing and forces me to stay closer to my center to keep from being off balance.

Another thing would be to take a few swings with your right foot back a bit, seems to do the same thing by not allowing you to get your body out of balance toward the ball by making you keep your weight back on your heels a bit more.

Lastly, force yourself to keep max lag in your swing, that keeps me from casting over the top which I have a tendency to do when I get too aggressive and lose my tempo, think of swinging a wet noodle but dont let it catch up with your hands.

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 02:05 PM

Try brushing your right thigh with your right hand on the downswing. Chances are you won't even get close  even though it will feel like you're about to punch yourself in the leg. That's the trick that finally got me to stop coming over the top.
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Posted 04 June 2009 - 03:39 PM

Thanks, I"ll try those.  Hopefully I don't actually hit myself in the leg! :lol:

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 06:24 AM

 TCNorthstars, on Jun 4 2009, 02:39 PM, said:

I am always coming a lot from outside in and it is driving me crazy. Any tips?
There are a dozen reasons for not having a straight plane line. Get some DTL video of your good vs. bad shots to see the cause and effect. A bandaid like bringing the club down inside could fix one problem but engrain another such as a dipping right shoulder and failure to release - which creates an open club head, much worse than having an out-to-in club path.


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Posted 05 June 2009 - 06:59 AM

 marrigo, on Jun 4 2009, 03:05 PM, said:

Try brushing your right thigh with your right hand on the downswing. Chances are you won't even get close even though it will feel like you're about to punch yourself in the leg. That's the trick that finally got me to stop coming over the top.


Tried that in the back yard with about 20 shots from a 7 iron.  Seemed to help out.    I am going to the range tomorrow and will try some more.

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 02:42 AM

Trying to stay behind the ball helped me a lot especially with the driver.  I was moving laterally towards the target and turning too quickly and OTT was the result.

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 03:43 AM

make a cheap "inside approach" training aid. Use a cardboard box (i use diaper boxes. perfect size about 2 feet long 1 to 1 1/2 feet high). Take it to the range and set it down. put your balls (golf balls that is ;) ) about 2-3 inches away from it on the ground at approx  the center of the box. If you hit the box you came over the top. You will learn pretty quickly how not to hit the box. The closer you put the balls to the box the more inside you will have to be to avoid hitting it. Also use the box to align with your target and then align your feet hips shoulders with the box. This will help you keep from setting up with an open stance which will also make you swing outside to in. Lastly make sure you are initiating your downswing with your lower body. Get you weight going forward and fire your hips while your hands lag behind holding that L shape of your arms and club formed by your wrist **** as long as possible. Hope this helps.

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 06:23 AM

A nice simple "dry" drill you can do at home, at the range hitting balls or even use as part of  a pre,pre shot routine is the back and under drill.

Basically if your hitting shots (range) use a tee, take your normal address postion, then rasie the club maybe 6 to 10 inches above the ball and hover. Don't change your posture and stay soft/relaxed.
Now make your normal back swing from this start position and then on the down swing feel that you swing "under" your back swing plane line, your feel straight away that your coming from the inside. If you start to over do it to much you will feel a loop.

This is not the be all and end all of fixes for this type of problem but it will help and is very simple and easy.
As some other posts have said their is a lot of factors that can cause a cutting swing path so ideally you need to find the route cause for your swing.

Having said that ive found this drill or rehearsal has helped many players/students.

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 08:18 AM

I had a pretty bad over the top move creep up a few months back and to correct it, I got my swing flatter and more laid off at the top. I would also hit half swing 5 irons, focusing on staying "connected" with my right elbow so it didnt chicken wing out. I'd also put a tee about an inch to the right of the ball and 2 inches behind it. Just a visual aid to see that I should be cominig inside the ball, not across the outer edge.

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 09:05 AM

Like another post, I use a box.  A shoe box works well for me.  I just place it on the outside of the ball and try not to hit it.  But, sometimes I just can't help coming across the ball a it.  It happens.  If it's not that far outside, you can still play good golf.

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 07:04 PM

That try to brush the leg thing really worked out.  I hit 5 out of 7 fairways and 5 GIR today en route to a 3 over 38! :D




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