Charlie Wi Golf Swing

Golf Sage - Thursday, March 14, 2013

Charlie Wi is an excellent player, but he makes these swing mistakes:
1.     Charlie’s stance for the driver swing is slightly narrow.  The stance width for the driver should be slightly wider than the width of your shoulders.  Since the driver is the longest club in your bag, your arc length is the longest.  The swing with your driver produces the most clubhead speed, so you need a wider stance for the necessary lower body stability to make a longer, stronger golf swing.

2.     During the backswing, Charlie’s left knee pops out, away from his body, instead of working toward his right knee.  This affects perfect balance at the top of the backswing, as your weight is likely transferred to the right heel and outside of the right foot instead of where it should be—the inside of the right foot.  Perfect balance is a key factor in the player’s ability to smoothly and quickly start the downswing back to the left side with a hard leg drive, thereby delivering maximum power at impact.  Charlie may be sacrificing some distance on his shots because of his left knee movement on the backswing.
3.     At the top of the backswing, Charlie has not shifted enough of his body weight to the inside of his right foot, as too much of his weight has remained on his left side.  When his hips, legs, and knees drive to the left to power the downswing, they are not pulling enough of Charlie’s body weight far enough to generate his maximum power through impact.  Charlie is sacrificing some distance on his shots because of an incomplete weight shift to his right side during the backswing.

4.     Charlie hits against a stiff left leg at impact, which means his legs quit driving at the target just before impact, and he is making an upper body swing at the ball.  A strong, fast, smooth leg drive through the ball naturally pulls the coiled upper body and produces maximum clubhead acceleration through impact.  Charlie is losing power in his golf swing by not driving the legs to smoothly and fully transfer his body weight back to his left side through impact.
Please see Golf Swing Fundamentals Checklist blog entry for a complete and detailed explanation of the key fundamentals that produce the perfect golf swing.
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