Don't Chop Wood, Drive The Spike

If you put a log on the ground and asked someone to take out a chunk of wood from the log they would most likely swing the ax into the log at an angle and create sliced out section from the log. This action is done with an abrupt angle of attack into the wood log. However, if you asked that same person to drive a spike into the end of the log with a sledge hammer they would use more of a level approach with a less descending strike and more of an approach from behind the spike level with the head of the spike vs. angular. This is the action you want to feel more of in your golf swing not a chopping action.

Comments

sobolik

Probably very sound advice for a one plane swing. But Jim Hardy, the solver of swing instruction contradiction and massive confusion in his book The Plane Truth for Golfers says that the two plane swing uses precisely that - the chopping motion. I have spend the summer playing with the one plane swing but find the two plane is more my natural tendencies so I am dropping efforts to do the one plane. That is how I found this post. I am sold on the chopping motion as the correct action for me and desire more insights on the web, thus I found this post. So I caution two plane swingers to not abandon the chop.

Jerry Crowell

Nice visual Jay. Very good.