Magic mirror on the wall, is it right, or is it wrong?
Turns out, a mirror is one of the best tools you have at home which you can use to spot your flaws. Whatever swing you are working on, try it in front of a mirror. It may sound too simple, but looking at your swing from various perspectives can provide a large amount of feedback.
Try placing your mirror horizontally against your wall, then vertically, and also on the floor above your club to examine your set up and technique. How you place it will depend on the size, length and width of your mirror and what you want to see – front view, side view or full swing. Now, most importantly, keep your eyes on the mirror during the drill.
What you want to look at:
First, your setup. Look at your posture. The right side of your body should have a slight downward tilt compared to your left. Meaning, your right shoulder should be marginally higher than your left shoulder with your left knee squeezing slightly inwards. It should feel and look like you are gently nudging someone with your left shoulder. What about knee flex? With your feet shoulder width apart, bend your knees at the midpoint of when your knees are straight and when you bend your knees out over your toes. At setup, your hands should be just inside your left thigh. From there, gently swing your club from side to side.
Notice your grip? You should not apply too much pressure to prevent you from cocking your wrists. Apply enough pressure to encourage natural movement and tempo without needing to re-grip towards your downswing. The perfect grip pressure will offer greater and better leverage during your entire swing.
Watch the positions of your swing. Look at your body motion during your typical swing. Keep your eyes on the ball and head steady. Make sure you turn your upper body to the right during the backswing. Your body should swing the arms like the pendulum of a clock, and your elbows should be glued to your sides. Then allow your entire body to turn the left as you follow-through to the finish.
How does your impact look like? How far ahead of the ball are your hands positioned at impact? When your club face seizes to have any loft at impact, that’s how far (ahead of the ball) your hands should be positioned as you follow-through to the finish. Make sure the club face is not open. Continue to practice this movement to ingrain muscle memory.
How do you finish? Are you shifting your body weight to your front foot? Is your chest facing the imaginary target? Is the heel of your back foot up? Also, look at your left arm fold. Your club should come down towards the body. Allow the weight of your swing guide your movement.
Place the mirror on the floor. This is especially helpful when putting to watch the alignment of your stroke, shoulders and mental consistency. Ensure your eye line is parallel to the plane line with your shoulders square.
Drawing a straight line or placing a long ruler on the mirror can also be helpful to practice a straight putting stroke.
Try it out, and let us know how it helped you.
And yes, it is "magic mirror" not "mirror, mirror". It's one of those famous movie quotes we all get wrong!
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