Shallow out your golf swing like a touring pro
Do you struggle to hit the centre of the clubface with most of your golf shots?
Does your golf swing come down very steep and results in a lot of inconsistent shots left and right of the target?
If either of these sound like you then learning to shallow out your golf swing is one of most important parts of the golf swing you can learn.
So why is it important?
If you don’t shallow out your golf swing and in particular your downswing, you’ll always find it difficult to square up the clubface at impact.
The good news is regardless of your currently ability or what scores you shoot can you learn how to do this right and become a better ball striker.
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All moves are for a right handed golfer. Lefties, just do the exact opposite.
What does shallowing in the golf swing mean?
Shallowing in the golf swing and in particular the downswing means getting the golf club to flatten more horizontally.
As I go through below, most golfers have this angle too steep which results in poorly struck golf shots.
There’s no one perfect angle to aim for as it varies from golfer to golfer depending on your height and body size.
However, you want to be able to get the golf club to split the right forearm in the downswing which means you’ve moved the golf club low enough to get into an optimum angle to strike the golf ball.
Where most golfers go wrong
When talking about shallowing of your golf swing, we predominately are talking about shallowing out the downswing.
This is because this is where the critical part of the swing happens when you are trying to get the clubface to strike the ball at just the right angle.
Get this angle of attack right and you’ll hit pure, solid compressed golf shots.
Get it wrong and you’ll hit lots of toe golf shots, fat golf shots, golf heel shots, thin golf shots and everything else in between.
Most golfers come down too steep in the downswing which puts the clubhead on the wrong angle exposing the toe and heel of the golf club.
Only coming down on the right golf swing plane will produce the type of golf shots you’re after.
See right and wrong image below of where you should be in your downswing.
Why most golfers struggle to shallow out their downswings
Most golfers, maybe even you get this wrong for the same reason.
If you’re a right hander, you do most things with your right hand, arm and shoulders etc.
Because of this habit, when it comes to the golf swing you overuse the right side which has dire consequences in your swing.
The golf swing believe it or not is left side dominant. This means for a right hander you should be pulling from the left side in the downswing to deliver the golf club to the ball.
The opposite happens to most of you where your right side takes over in the downswing which throws the golf club too far over the top or outside to inside the swing plane resulting in a steep path to impact.
The key to learning how to shallow out your golf swing is reducing your dominant side.
Combine that feeling with these 3 tour pro moves and you’ll shallow out your golf swing and hit the ball solid all day long.
The 3 moves you need to make
To shallow out your golf swing you only need to perform 3 critical moves.
Get these right and I guarantee better ball striking and lower scores.
1. Shift your weight to your lead side
2. Let gravity drop the golf club on plane
3. Flatten the left wrist or bow slightly
I’ll go through each of these in more detail below so you can understand better.
Here’s a video where I demonstrate the 3 moves.
1. Shift your weight to your lead leg
The first part of correcting a steep golf swing and shallowing the angle of attack is to shift your weight correctly.
This first move is critical because without it, you’ll come down steep and require compensations to save the shot.
Move most of your weight (80%) to your lead leg.
As you do this feel like you are doing a slight squat move as you push your feet into the ground to create leverage and power.
This is a winning move in the downswing that if you can nail, you’ll be better off than 90% of golfers that play the game.
2. Let gravity drop the club into ‘the slot’
The next key move which happens simultaneously with the weight shift is letting gravity drop the golf club.
Where many golfers go wrong is they might shift they weight correctly, but forget to let gravity drop the club into the slot which does a great job of shallowing the angle of attack.
This is vital in the downswing because without you will come over the top and come across the line from right to left resulting in pulled golf shots and golf slices.
Remember, I said let gravity drop the club. Don’t physically push the golf club down to the ground.
It’s important you understand this distinction as it will get you into a great position to strike the golf ball.
3. Flatten or bow your left wrist starting the downswing
The final part of learning how to shallow out your golf swing is flattening or bowing of the left wrist as you move through the downswing.
What I mean is you don’t want the left wrist to cup in any way, which is when the left wrist bends right to left when you hold your arm right out in front of you.
If you do this it moves the golf club into a steeper position making it very difficult if not impossible to get the golf club on plane.
Instead, work on keeping the left wrist flat or slightly bowed as you start the downswing and all the way to impact.
Bowed is when the left wrist is bent left to right which helps shallow out the golf swing.
This move is done simultaneously with the first two and is your key to shallowing out your golf swing and getting your golf swing on plane.
Practice makes perfect
Okay, so now you have 3 killer moves to shallow out your golf swing and become a pure ball striking machine.
What next …. practice?
That’s right, you cannot just take the moves and head straight to the course for a round and expect to play well … it just won’t happen.
Here’s a drill to shallow out your downswing so it becomes ingrained with muscle memory so you can take it to the golf course and play great golf.
Start without a golf club and practice first by making a backswing and then shifting your weight to lead side slowly.
As you do this let the arms drop naturally with the left wrist flattening and bowing slightly at the same time.
Next, grab a golf club and perform the exact same drill letting the golf club drop into the slot as you slowly flatten and bow the left wrist into impact.
Do 50 repetitions of this shallowing downswing drill every day for a week until it becomes habit and you’ll be ready to start hitting short shots at the range before building up to full golf swings.
Now it’s your turn
You’ve not got 3 powerful moves to incorporate into your golf game and start shallowing out your golf swing like a touring professional.
Follow the instructions and get started practicing right away.
Start by making practice swings with no golf club and then move onto adding a golf club.
Once you’ve completed this move on to hitting short pitch shots of around 50-yards and finally work up to hitting full blooded golf shots at 100%.
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