Lesson Tee: Jeff Coston

If the backswing is on track, then your game should be

Happy February – spring is getting closer by the day. This is still a super time of year to get better. Set some goals for golf! Pick out a couple of tournaments to get your fire started.

The time is now. I know I have been teaching up a storm in my dry warm academy building at Semiahmoo. Personally, I intend to be better and ready for my tournament season. I can hardly wait.

Let’s talk about a couple elements of the backswing. For most of us, the purpose of the backswing is mainly two-fold; to accumulate power by turning and coiling our body and hinging our wrists. (The wrist hinge is a fantastic power source).

Secondly, the backswing should get us in a proper position to allow us to make a proper approach to the golf ball. An on plane approach.

If everyone practiced with a couple of driver shafts at equal height to their right shoulder and two inches to their right; golfers would not only have a more proficient backswing, they would also have a shallower approach to the ball on the downswing, (Photo 1).

As you practice in this swing station, turn your hips 30-45 degrees as you make your backswing. You need not try to shift your weight. Stay a bit more stable and centered as you turn.

Make sure you keep your arms and shaft below the pole or swing station. This station is like the plane of glass Ben Hogan spoke of in years past.

This lower arm swing and hip turn produce “depth” to the golf swing, which is very helpful to a successful technique! (Rory is in Photo 2).

Jeff Coston is a 23-time Pacific Northwest PGA Player of the Year. Jeff can be reached at Semiahmoo by calling 360 201 4590. See jeffcoston.com