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Watch Left Side Breakdown in the Golf Swing Video


A very common breakdown in the golf swing is for the left side to collapse in toward the ball and away from the target. It is most commonly caused by the golfer taking the club back too flat during the early stages of the backswing. This pulls the body around early and exacerbates the flat swing. Some golfers also simply start the swing by turning their lower body, not realizing that it is important for it to stay more quiet during the early stages of the swing.

In the picture below, you can see this breakdown in action. Note the amount of bend in the left leg and how much it had moved away from it's original starting position. Apart from the reasons mentioned in the video, overswinging and a lack of flexibility can also cause this breakdown.


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In the next picture, you can see the culprit of this move. Note how much the club has moved inside and beneath the shaft plane at this early stage in the swing. The momentum of the club will pull the body around with it and put the golfer in a flat position upon arriving at the 9 o'clock check point in the backswing.



Here you can see the flat position versus one that is on plane at the right. The swing on the right is moving the club more efficiently and actually takes about 1 full second less time to complete. In fact, the golfer on the right is actually already at impact by the time the golfer on the left starts his downswing. All of this is caused by moving the club and body inefficiently. In the end, it takes much more work to swing the club and becomes more difficult to time when extra parts are moving. Work on keeping the club more on plane and keeping the lower body more quiet and stable to help improve your ball striking.






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