Developing a target-oriented
The photo gallery below includes a collection of pictures that
demonstrate the point to the target, and swing-point actions.
Both sets of pictures above and below demonstrate the basic point-swing-point exercise.
#1- Start by rehearsing the basic point to the target position (left).
#2- Swing back to a 1/2 swing backswing (middle).
#3- Then swing thru to a point to the target follow-thru (right).
The follow-thru demonstrated in
the above picture shows a clubface
that is square to my sternum and
my arms and hands are centered
in front of me.
The follow-thru in the center picture shows a
follow-thru that has rolled over and is pointing
left of my target.
The picture on the right shows a follow-thru that
has rolled under and is pointing to the right of
In Summary, as you perform the point-to-the-target
actions pay attention to these checkpoints:
Does your dominant hand control the back-n-thru motion?
Does your club point-down-the-target-line in the follow-thru?
Does your clubface swing square-to-square & inside-to-inside?
Is your weight on the forward foot as you follow-thru?
Does your chest face the target, and
Does your rhythm feel long-n-smooth?
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As you develop your follow-thru action many of you will notice a very direct point-to-the-target follow-thru feel
(As demonstrated in the pictures above). However, some swing styles have more of what can be called a
cornering follow-thru. Some of you may feel a tracing-the-arc follow-thru as compared to a tracing-the-line
follow-thru. Though a cornering follow-thru, or tracing-the-arc type of follow-thru, may have either the feel or
appearance of following thru left of a traditional target-line, these types of follow-thrus do follow-thru toward the
target. The down the line interval of a cornering follow-thru is simply shorter than those of a tracing-the-line
follow-thru. Though the down the line interval is shorter, they still maintain an on-plane relationship. I
understand that the above descriptions fail to give enough information to help those that need to train a
cornering follow-thru. However, the intent of this page to describe the basic activity and feel instead of
describing all possible ways of following through to the target. It is simply fundamental to find a way of following
through in a target-oriented manner. And some follow-thrus point to the target at waist-high, some have a
trace-the-arc feel, and some have a cornering feel.
If you feel it difficult, or find it difficult, to point-to-the-target as depicted in the pictures above, study the
tracing-the-arc actions. These actions will be discussed in future webpages. They will be related to side-on
arm swings, on-top arm swings, torso plane swings, and covering actions. Do to time constraints, it may be a
while before these pictures and topics will be uploaded. Please feel free to e-mail your questions if you are
interested in guidance.
perceived. The way you perceive the feel of your swing may fail to match up with how you visualize the swing
Also realize, your feel may not describe the dynamics of your swing. Feel is indeed real, however it is you just
made. You can think of the language of your body (your feelings) as being a different language than that of
your mind (thoughts and visualizations). This being the case, there may not be a direct translation from the
language of feel to the language of visualizations. So, even though your follow-thru may feel like it traces the
arc left, it can still satisfy the fundamental of following through down the line to your target. If you'd like to read
more about how feel is real and how it relates to swing dynamics, then visit the miscellaneous page. A link will
be added to that page in the near future.
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|want you to remind yourself to be target-oriented. Lastly, remind yourself to keep your focus on the fundamentals
– Remember, you’re developing your fundamental routine.
Your first goal will be developing the feeling of following-thru in a target-oriented manner. This is because the first
fundamental is following-thru to the target. Your second fundamental goal will be maintaining a square clubface.
Blending the two fundamentals with long-n-smooth rhythm will satisfy a sense of good feel.
Let’s get to training. Head out to the range, pick a nice spot, and select a wedge or short iron. Line up 4 or 5
balls in a row, and set-up for a swing. If you want, you can simply train at home without balls. Just imagine where
your target is, and where the balls will fly.
Hold the club in your right hand only, then point the club at your target. As you point the club at your target, face
the target as well. Hold this position for a couple of moments, then make a one-handed swing back-n-thru to your
Swing smooth enough that you can feel your right hand in control, and swing slow enough so that you can feel the
club point back toward your target. Make as many swings as you need to awaken the basic feeling of following
through in a target oriented manner.
Once you have the feeling with your dominant hand only, repeat the process with both hands holding the club.
Remember, at the beginning of each rehearsal-swing, point the club toward the target while facing the target.
Then rehearse swinging back-n-thru while staying focused on your target. Both starting and
finishing in this position will strengthen your focus of following-thru to your target.
Here are some checkpoints to help you assess the quality of your follow-thru position. The first checkpoint is to
notice whether most of your weight is on your forward foot, back foot or flat on both feet. The second checkpoint
is to notice whether the clubface is square to your sternum, or whether it has rolled open or closed.
Finally, notice how firmly you are holding the club in your right hand. Conversely, notice if your non-dominant
hand is relaxed or in a death grip. I’m sure you’ll find that a firm dominant hand grip with a relaxed non-dominant
hand grip will give you the most natural control.
As you continue paying attention to your follow-through and where the ball is flying, the arc of the swing travels
approximately waist-high to waist-high. Remember, your training starts small and builds on the fundamentals.
Once you perform the waist-high swings consistently, you can train half-swings, followed by shoulder-high swings.
Although your half-swings and shoulder-high swings will follow-thru past the point where you feel you are pointing
toward the target, return the club to that position after completing your follow-thru. Returning the club will
continually re-enforce the commitment of being target-oriented. Many golfers try to make their swing travel
straight back-n-thru on the target line, and the tend to fail with their ball striking skills. Accomplished golfers know
that the club needs to swing inside-to-inside.
They know this because the club must travel around the golfer’s posture, which means the club swings on an
angled swing plane. And, this dictates that the clubface swing on a path inside the target line during the
backswing, out to the line through the ball, then inside the line during the follow-thru. So try to feel a more inside-
to-inside swing path as you swing the club back-n-thru to your target. This also means that when we talk about
when we talk about the feel of following through to the target it is more of a feel than a precise alignment. In fact
many golfers are actually pointing the club parallel left of the target when they feel they are following through to
the target. Others golfers will actually be pointing the club more downward toward the plane line when they feel
the target oriented follow-through. The point here is that we are trying to develop a feel through awareness
instead of trying to develop a precise alignment.
|The above picture demonstrates
the basic dominant hand (only)
point toward the target position.
Notice how the ball is flying &
where the club is pointing.
|The above picture two handed