Categorized | 2014, April 2014, Tips & Tricks

The ‘L’ Position

By: Adam Taylor

In this edition of Golf Indonesia, l will outline the key aspects of part 4 in my 5 part series on the principals of a good golf swing, focusing on The Letter ‘L’ Position. This is the next step following the grip, setup and alignment, and the takeaway.

This position is a great check point in the back swing. It will give you the best chance of making good contact with the ball, hitting the ball straighter, and achieving an increase in distance without having to swing harder or faster. Applying the same for all longer swings and clubs, it will create a greater level of consistency throughout your game.

The L Position - 1

From front on, the focus is on the position of the left arm (right handed players) when level with the ground, and where the position of the club is at this point. For many amateur players, the left arm and club remain very straight, which is one of the main causes for poor body rotation and back pain.

The L Position - 2

In the ‘L’ position, the goal is to have the left arm when level with the ground forming a 90 degree angle with the club. Achieving this angle is a great power builder for club head speed at impact, and will keep you body rotating correctly, helping to prevent a reverse pivot whereby the hips sway to the right and the upper body tilt towards the target.

The L Position - 3

From side on, the focus points are the left arm angle across the body, the angle of the shaft in relation to the ball line, and the angle of the clubface.

As the arm and club move around the body on a slight curve up to the ‘L’ position, the left arm will angle slightly across your body. Many players make the mistake of having the arm too much across the chest at the ‘L’, therefore increasing the probability of getting the left arm on the outside of the body during the downswing, causing an out to in path resulting in a slicing ball flight.

The next focus point of the ‘L’ is the angle of the shaft. The goal is to have the club angling as close as possible to the line of the ball. This keeps the club on a good plane/path throughout the backswing. The amount of angle will change with each club as the length of the club changes. Shorter clubs will result in a more upright angle, longer clubs in a slightly flatter angle. Just the same as the angle changes in the setup from club to club, so to in the ‘L. The reference point though will always remain towards the ball line for every club.

The last focus point but probably the most crucial is the angle of the clubface in the ‘L’. The reference point here is to have the clubface on the same angle as the upper left arm. Achieving this position means that your hands have not rolled the clubface open or closed during the backswing. Only allowing the wrists to break during the backswing will give you a much better chance of returning the club face back to square at impact. The clubface position at impact has the greatest effect on the direction the ball starts. Most of our poor shots result in the clubface being very open or closed at impact, making the ball go off our intended target line as soon as it strikes the face.

Practising this ‘L’ position is a great way to improve your club and body positions so they are replicated automatically in the full swing. A great way to check your ‘L’ is by taking a video with your smart phone or tablet to see if you are achieving the correct wrist break and angle of your club and clubface.

In the next edition of Golf Indonesia, i will be focusing on the most important yet difficult part of the swing, the Impact Position.

If you would like more information on the letter ‘L’ position, or to have a personal lesson with me, contact Ancora Golf Institute at Royale Jakarta Golf Club.

Ancora Golf Institute

Ancora Golf Institute, Royale Jakarta Golf Club
Jl. Raya Halim Tiga, Halim Perdana Kusuma
Jakarta 13610
Phone +62 21 8087 2222 ext. 310-311
Email: royale.lesson@ancorasports.com
Web: www. ancorasports.com

About Adam Taylor

Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Adam graduated from the Australian PGA as a full member professional with a Diploma in Golf Instruction in 2005. Having been based at Royale Jakarta Golf Club for the past two years, Adam has devoted his passion and knowledge of the game to improving players of all levels and ages. His instructional techniques have featured in several television golf programs and golf magazines. He looks forward to improving your game through Golf Indonesia Magazine and at Ancora Golf Institute, Royale Jakarta.

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