9-to-3 drill may help get arms in sync with body during swingPublished 5:32am Thursday, June 6, 2013
If you have spent any time on a golf course, I am sure you have heard the phrase, “you got quick with that one.”
Everyone says it, but what does it mean and why isn’t anyone ever slow with one?
“Getting quick” means your arms are swinging out of sync with your body turn. When you get quick, you get to the top of your swing and you start back to the ball with your arms. This causes the arms to lead the swing and the body to play catch up.
The opposite of “getting quick” is “getting stuck.”
When you get stuck, your body turn starts before your arm swing and the arms fall behind the body. The arms are then “stuck” behind the body and you need to flip your hands or pull some sort of magic to keep the ball on the golf course.
The key to both these errors is getting the arms and body working together.
There are a number of drills to use, but my favorite is the 9-to-3 drill. In the 9-to-3 drill you are going to make swings where, if someone is facing you, your left arm would be pointed at 9 on the clock in the back swing and your right arm will be straight at 3 on a clock in the through swing.
As you work on these partial swings there are some key check points.
In the back swing, you want your hands pointed at 9 with your chest facing your hands, this is almost a complete shoulder turn away.
As you turn through and your hands get to 3, your body should be facing the target with your hands in front of your body. At the 3 o’clock position, your arms should stop naturally, if you are having trouble stopping, your arms are taking control. Throughout the drill you should feel the arms are relaxed and swing with the body’s turn.
Ryan Tungseth is the Head Professional at Pebble Lake Golf Club in Fergus Falls. PlayPebbleLake.com