Golf Follow-Through

Golf Swing Follow Through

At impact, your clubface should be square, if not a little bit OPEN to your target. That’s right, open to the target. To develop the hook spin, you un-cock your wrists and roll them over through impact. You don’t want to get carried away with that, otherwise you’ll be hitting snap hooks. But maybe to start out, that wouldn’t be such a bad thing. A little change of scenery for once might be good. But the subtle roll of your wrists though impact taking your club face from the slightly open position to the slightly closed position as you contact the ball will give you the right to left spin that you’re looking for.

You may struggle with the club face angle at impact at first, but give it some practice and you’ll get it figured out quick. The combination of your clubface angle and whether or not you have an “inside-out” or an “outside-in” swing path at the time of contact are the two determining factors of which way the ball will start out and eventually end up. There are really only 5 options or scenarios.

The first is that your club face is open at impact and you have an “outside-in” swing. If this is your case, your ball starts out toward the right and spins and slices even further to the right.

The second is that your club face is open at impact and you have an “inside-out” swing. If this is your case, you will find that your ball starts out to the right, but will spin toward the left back to your target. This is most likely not the case if you’re reading this website, but this is an education on the different scenarios and why the ball does what it does.

The third case would be if your club face is closed at impact and you have an “outside-in” swing path. You would find that your ball will start out to the left, but will slice toward the right side and usually end up in the rough…but at least not out of bounds.
Proper club head rotation will cure a sliceThe fourth scenario is that your club face is closed at impact and you have an “inside-out” swing. You will find yourself starting the ball left of your target and hooking the ball further to the left. This is referred to as a snap hook or a pull hook. This is also not desirable.

But what is desirable is that of the fifth scenario, and the prettiest scenario as far as the golfer is concerned. Those that are able to have their club face square at impact and have neither an “inside-out” nor an “outside-in” swing path, but a perfectly online swing path, will find themselves hitting it exactly where they are aimed. This is the ultimate goal as a golfer and ultimately the goal of this website.

It is important not to un-cock your wrists too soon, because you’ll lose the power, but you don’t want to leave them cocked through impact because you won’t have a chance to unleash the power. So practice and find that happy medium. Too many golfers un-cock their wrists too soon and lose all of the power. Or they get the picture in their head that they have to “scoop” the ball to get the ball off of the ground. And to “scoop” the ball, you have to un-cock your wrists before impact losing all power and more than likely leading to many “bladed” shots. This myth is completely wrong. In order to get the ball in the air and fly farther, you need the ball to have backspin.

Remember now, at impact you want the following things:
  • Head behind the ball
  • Hands slightly in front of the ball (causing you to hit down on the ball)
  • Hips cleared and pointing toward your target
  • Right elbow close to your body
  • Wrists un-cocking as you strike the ball
If your weight is too far behind the ball at impact, you will tend to hit the ball to the right or slice it. But if your weight is in front of the ball at impact, you will tend to hook the ball to the left. If you follow all of the above explained steps, you can make the ball go left or right depending on where your weight is at impact.

It’s fascinating this game. You can do everything right except for one thing and you’ll get the wrong result. Kind of like a math problem, or physics in this case.

The follow through is important, but not as important as the other parts of the swing. It should just be an extension of your swing. A correct follow through will ensure that you successfully get your weight shifted to your left side now and square yourself to the target. You will want to finish almost exactly the way you were on your backswing except everything will be reversed. This time your right arm will be mostly straight, your left elbow will be close to your left side and your hips will be squared to your target.

During the follow through, you should try to get the feeling of pulling your left hand through and around your body. Don’t finish too high on your follow through because that will promote the slice or fade. Finish on plane if not a little bit flat to get the feel. To cure that slice of yours, over exaggerate to start with and then when you start to see the results you’re looking for, back off a bit. It will help you to feel what a hook feels like to that you can start to recognize the difference.

Ultimately your goal is not to hook the ball, but to hit it straight. And that’s where this will lead, but it is nice to know that you can make the ball go to the left for a change.  

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