'I stopped coming over the top ... and broke 80'
TG reader Mike Cooper, Halesowen GC, West Mids
Back in June my handicap was 20 and I was shooting in the mid 90s. My stock bad shot was a weak, high slice. Through the summer of 2020 I booked a series of lessons with local coach, Steve Thomas. He videoed my swing and showed me I had a massive over-the-top downswing move which I was not aware of. He also put me on TrackMan, which revealed I typically swung out-to-in by around eight degrees.
I was given a series of constraints-led drills to change my shape. Steve positioned a foam noodle or a range basket with a cane through it to block my old out-to-in shape and encouraged me to swing in-to-out; he cured my cupping left wrist by getting me to move my left shoulder more downward during the takeaway; he cured my chicken-wing, buckling left
elbow by getting me to swing with a ball squeezed between my arms. I could see results almost straight away and by the end of the process my path had shifted 11 degrees, to three degrees in-to-out, and I started to hit the bal