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Golf Tip of the Fortnight
One easy way to help get your swing started well is to be sure you're going through a good "first parallel position." This simply means that when your club's shaft gets horizontal
(parallel) to the ground for the first time (somewhere between knee and hip high, depending on posture and physique) it should also be parallel to the target line with the blade of the club somewhere near "toe up," or at approximately the
same angle as your spine (see photo).
Many people have the shaft way too far inside or outside at this point, thus digging a hole (inefficiency) that takes quite a bit of work to dig themselves
out of. True, there are extreme examples of successful players on both ends of the spectrum (outside and inside): Raymond Floyd (inside) and Jim Furyk (outside). Though it is hard to argue with their success it is also hard to argue with the concept of
efficiency and the least amount of wasted motion.
Training yourself to go through a good first parallel position by habit and feel is a good idea. Try it and see if it doesn't help you become more accurate and consistent.
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