- Poor posture when addressing the ball is the most common problem with the address. Poor posture at address is characterized by a forward curve in the neck and low back and bending forward more than 45 degrees.
- Improper set up with your right shoulder higher than your left and your head in front of your hands.
- Instead of rotating the hips and trunk fully (due to poor range of motion and flexibility limitations), the golfer will extend during the backswing.
- The golfer may also move backward during the backswing due to a mechanical inability to rotate the hip and trunk.
- Bending the lead arm during the backswing
- Inside takeaway AKA Flat takeaway – bringing your hands back and inside of the target line. This is often seen in the backswing of those golfers who are attempting to compensate for a slice.
- Fanning the clubface open on the backswing which leads to a slice.
- Cupping of the left wrist at the top of the backswing will cause a slice. Your left wrist should be flat at the top of the backswing. This will put your club face in a square position. A square club face will help to remedy a slice
- Flexing forward during the downswing due to poor range of motion and flexibility in the hips and trunk
- Forward movements during the downswing
- Over the top swing pattern which is due to an extension movement in the downswing. This pattern has a tendency to cause a hook shot because of a closed clubface. This pattern resembles a wood-chopping movement.
- Early wrist release in the downswing AKA Casting. Unlocking the wrists too early will cause a loss of power. Often seen in golfers with exaggerated, long, backswings resulting in wild, off-target shots.
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