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Why do pros do this?
This week we saw two idyllic golf swings make their way through golf social media.
First came Justin Rose’s, a swing as steady as clockwork, which was first shared by Director of Golf at The Vintage Club David Woods.
I could watch Justin Rose swing a golf club all day.
First class buttery Hall of Famer.https://t.co/aP9Zsmw6TT pic.twitter.com/OSSToi25bI
And then came Nelly Korda, the World No. 1 female golfer whose silky swing is about as textbook as it gets.
It’s really not fair that a golf swing this good can look so effortless. pic.twitter.com/Vjf2phCsNl
There are lots of similarities between two of the best moves in golf, but one that stuck out to me had nothing to do with their swing: It had to do with their practice station. Both golfers were hitting golf balls with an alignment rod sticking out of the ground at an angle.
A side-by-side of Korda and Rose’s swings.
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It struck me that those at home may not know why, or what the point of it is. Good news is it’s a nice, simple explanation — and a drill you may want to try yourself.
Golfers will almost always out a stick in the ground like this to work on their swing path. The goal is to use it as an obstacle, and place it in a spot so you have to swing around it. You can fix different things depending on where you put the stick.
Rose places the stick behind the golf ball, so he has to swing around it before he hits the ball. It’s a good one to prevent coming over the top (take note, slicers) because otherwise he’d hit the stick. As you can see, it leaves his downswing looking pretty pure.
Placing a stick behind the ball helps you swing from in-to-out
Nelly has the stick on the opposite side: Past the golf ball, so she has to swing underneath it on her release. This is good for golfers like me, who get the club stuck inside and fling it out to the right.
Placing a stick ahead of the ball helps release the club more around you.
It’s a simple solution that can be adapted to solve a myriad of problems in your swing, so that’s why pros do it.
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