No Spin Zone
By Erika Larkin on 5/2/13
I have taught many former recreational baseball and softball players and have found some common body language that carries over to golf and causes some problems particularly for iron shots off of tight lies... The dreaded spin back on the right foot (for a righty). This one move typically makes the golfer's weight stay back too long, causes a flat swing and affects the timing of the body turn through impact. Remember we are hitting at the ground not in the air so we have to maintain our golf posture and this spin move causes the spine to get too vertical leading to fat, thin, topped pushed or pulled shots. So enter the no-spin-zone!
If you finish your swing and you are still balancing yourself on the ball of your right foot, follow these tips and drill recommendations:
Erika Larkin is the Director of Instruction at Larkin Golf Learning Community at Stonewall Golf Club in Gainesville, Virigina. She was named the 2012 Middle Atlantic PGA "Teacher of the Year" and the 2011 "Top Golf Pro" by Washingtonian Magazine... and she's oobgolf's newest columnist. She will be writing on a variety of topics including instruction, so if you have a question for her or an idea for a column, email her at ErikaLarkin@pga.com. Enjoy!
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