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How to Swing the Golf Club From Inside Out

by Jim Thomas

    The golf swing is a subject of endless analysis and golf instruction is often a bewildering maze of contradictory advice. There are a number of suggestions for swinging the club from the inside to the outside. Noted instructor Jimmie Ballard, who is high on the list of "Golf Digest's" top golf teachers in America, offers an approach that combines simplicity and common sense: You don't have to alter your swing at all. If you habitually slice the ball, you are a prime candidate to learn an inside-out swing, which refers to the plane of the swing traveling to the inside on your back swing and to the outside on your follow-through. An inside-out swing, executed properly, encourages a draw, a powerful and controllable shot that starts out to the right of the target and gently curves back to the left if you are a right-handed golfer.

    Step 1

    Align yourself square to the target -- your feet, hips, shoulders, and club face all should be pointing to directly at the flag stick or another target on the driving range.

    Step 2

    Aim the club face 10 yards to the right of the flag stick.

    Step 3

    Move your right foot back about 6 inches. Be sure to drop the right foot in the direction of your backside -- don't widen your stance. Your hips and shoulder still are square to the flagstick.

    Step 4

    Swing normally. Because of your altered stance, the club will move toward the inside on the back swing -- compared to the line to the flag stick -- and toward the outside on the downswing.

    Step 5

    Stay behind the ball on the down swing and release your arms toward the target 10 yards to the right of the flag stick. The ball should start out at the target and then curve gently toward the flag stick.

    Tips

    • It will take lots of practice to perfect this shot. However, it you can do it, you will have one of the most powerful ball flights in the game -- a draw that can be controlled.

    Warnings

    • If you close your stance and close the club face too much, you probably will hit a low hook. If you take the club too far inside on your back swing, you risk the dreaded shank, when the ball darts off the hosel of the club at almost a right angle.

    About the Author

    Jim Thomas has been a freelance writer since 1978. He wrote a book about professional golfers and has written magazine articles about sports, politics, legal issues, travel and business for national and Northwest publications. He received a Juris Doctor from Duke Law School and a Bachelor of Science in political science from Whitman College.