Tip From the Archives
You have an over the top swing that is too far outside of the target line.
You might be casting the club at the top of your swing, spinning your trailing shoulder outward, or even using too much hand movement as you are beginning your swing.
It is common for people to talk about staying behind the ball or keeping their head and upper body back while driving. This can be an advantage for power if you can swing inside of the target line as you approach the ball. In order to approach the ball from the inside, you want to think about coming in below and behind the ball and then out towards the target. A great way to train your muscles to do this is to swing without a club. Another option is to sweep a broom across the grass or carpet as if you are moving it inside of the target line to impact. This requires a conscious effort to make this motion, allowing you to mentally and physically condition your body to swing inside the target line. Now tee up a ball. Place another tee into the ground a foot behind the teed ball. As you take your backswing, allow the clubhead to swing above the back tee. As you approach the ball, make sure the clubhead moves inside of the back tee and then into the ball. When done correctly, you should actually notice a distinct feeling of your forward arm moving inside the target ling and around your body as you begin the follow through.