I once gave a golf lesson to someone who desperately needed help with his consistency when driving the golf ball. When he swung, as the golf club went back, so did he, and then he slid back over to his right side. Now, from there you have to be extremely talented to match up the club face with your body, because you’re just going to slide right back into it.
This reminded me of when I was little and the lesson my mother used to give me. A number of years ago, because I was so small when I was younger, I used to drive the golf ball sliding backwards. And I did it so many times I got pretty good at it.
But at one point, when I was probably 12 years old, my mother used a golf swing training aid that I will never forget. There was an aluminium garbage can on the back of the practice facility at Fort Myers Country Club, and I remember it very well.
My mother went and got it one day and brought it over to the pile of balls that I was standing across from. She made me climb into it and hit balls while standing inside.
I hit balls for two weeks and she teed up every golf ball for me. And as you can tell, if you use your imagination, by using this golf swing training aid, it helped me to stop moving away from the golf ball. It made me start turning around, and that changed everything for my driver.
I didn’t hit it as far, but I hit it a lot more solid, and eventually, I got my length back.
So, if you’re struggling, if some of your friends are saying to you that they see you sliding, use a golf swing training aid of your own, or use your imagination and feel as though you’ve stepped into a garbage can so you can feel the club go around and have your body turn around and not slide back and forth.
If you’re struggling with sliding, think of the aluminium garbage can.
About the Author
Bobby Eldridge is a Teaching Golf Professional for the PurePoint Golf Academy where he teaches “The Simple Golf Swing” theory. You can check out PurePoint Golf here
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