This second drill is more of a checkpoint to help you to assess your swing plane and path during the backswing. It’s a great way to make sure you’re not swinging the club on too flat a plane or too steep a plane.
If you’re in too flat or too steep a position at the top, you’ll have to work hard during the downswing to deliver the club correctly into the ball. You’ll find it difficult to achieve any real consistency.
A good position on at the top on the other hand, gives you a much greater chance of producing a good downswing – which allows you to strike the ball solidly and towards your intended target.
Watch the short video below or see the summary beneath for this useful checkpoint:
Top of Golf Swing Drill – Video Summary
- Take a normal backswing and hold the position at the top.
- From this top position, allow the club to drop and notice where it lands.
- If it lands towards the edge of your shoulder bone, that tells you that you’re swinging the club on a nice plane and path up to the top of the backswing.
- If the club misses your shoulder all together as you let it drop, that tells you that you’re swinging the club on too flat a plane – too much around your body. The position of the club at the top is in what we call a ‘laid off’ position.
- If the club hits you towards the top of your right shoulder – near your neck – you are swinging the club on too steep a path.