Jim Suttie: Work on your signature swing in 2013

JIM SUTTIE

— 2012 is gone. You have to forget the bad scores and remember only the good ones. In golf, this type of selective memory is a good thing.

Of the 25 million people who play golf, no two swings are alike. We all have our own signatureE swing that seems to work for us. This does not mean that we can ignore fundamentals, but it does mean that we should apply those fundamentals to fit our unique physical characteristics and our personal swing style.

Unfortunately, I have never met a golfer who likes the looks of their swing. That's a shame because there is no place on the scorecard for "style" points. There are a lot of funny-looking swings that are efficient.

Rather than working on a certain swing style that you might have seen in a recent golf magazine, you might try working on improving your impact position.

A good swing is dependent on three questions that you should be able to answer:

1. Does your present swing style produce a consistent ball flight?

2. Does your present swing repeat?

3. Do you produce enough clubhead speed to create adequate distance, direction and optimum trajectory?

If you can answer "Yes" to these questions, then you "own" your signature swing. If not, then maybe you should consider a change in technique.

This brings us to the question of what constitutes a good impact position. Good impact would include the following:

1. A forward-leaning shaft at impact. This means the hands are ahead of the position they started in.

2. Seventy percent of the weight on the front leg at impact,

3. The hips 40 degrees open,

4. The shoulders should be about 20 degrees open,

5. The right elbow will be bent and close to your body at impact,

6. A flat left wrist and a bent right wrist at impact.

7. The right heel will be a couple of inches off the ground at impact.

Even impact will vary a little from golfer to golfer, but at least this will give you a starting point. Realistically, how many golfers have really worked on their impact? I can count that number on one hand. It seems we are all tied up in the details of how to get to that impact position while neglecting the goal of the swing — a better impact. Therefore, my advice for 2013 is to trust your signature swing to produce a better impact.

You can work on your impact by simply wrapping a towel around your driver, and swinging it a few times before you tee off. This towel drill will naturally produce the good impact you are seeking.

It also is a good idea to simulate impact by taking a club and pushing on an immovable object such as your couch at home, just trying to simulate the impact conditions I have suggested. With a better trust in your signature swing, and working on your impact, your scores are sure to go down in 2013.

Dr. Jim Suttie, 2000 National PGA Teacher of the Year, is available for lessons through the end of this year and also the spring of 2013 at Suttie Golf at the Club at Twin Eagles in North Naples and Cog Hill Golf Club in Lemont, Ill. For lessons and program information call 800-765-3838 or email Jmsuttie@aol.com.

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