How To Drive Your Golf Ball Straight: Don’t “Milk” Your Club During Your Setup Routine

best golf swing tipsWhen learning how to drive your golf ball straight you should make sure you do not “milk” your club during your setup proceedings.

This is to say, when learning how to drive your golf ball straight, do not unlock your right-hand lifeline from your left thumb and then re-lock it on your left thumb as Sergio Garcia once did.

I wasn’t sure what was meant by “milking”  the club when I first heard it stated by an instructor to a student many years ago. I should have recognized what was meant by the proposition since I was raised on a farm many moons ago and milked cows on a regular basis. morning and night, as it were.

Quite frankly, it is somewhat of a crass description of unlocking and re-locking what I characterize as the lifeline/thumb connection: how the right-hand  lifeline is docked on the left thumb during the gripping proceedings.

I recently was intrigued by a remark made by legendary golfer Johny Miller in a golf magazine recently. He said the reason why he was able to hit such straight golf shots during his career was that he hinged his wrist at 90 degrees early in his back swing.

I noted in an earlier article I wrote that you can square the alignment of your club face if you hinge your wrists at 90 degrees during the takeaway of your back swing but it must be hinged as early as possible during your takeaway.

What I did not mention, however, was that in order to square your club face by hinging your wrists at 90 degrees early in the takeaway of your back swing, you must keep your right-hand lifeline firmly docked on your left thumb once your grip is completed.

If you unlock your right-hand lifeline from your left thumb after gripping your club and then re-lock it on your left thumb, you will not be able to square your club face by hinging your wrists early in your takeaway.

I suspect that Johny Miller instinctively learned that he could not “milk” his club once he gripped it and hit straight golf shots by hinging his wrists at 90 degrees early in his takeaway. Otherwise he would not have been one of the best shot makers of his era.

The problem of unlocking and re-locking the lifeline/thumb connection during the pre-swing routine is that the club face will rotate to a different ball flight alignment each time. As a consequence, a golfer will not know to which ball flight alignment the club face has rotated at final address and will not be able to manipulate the club during the golf swing to deliver a square club face to the ball at impact.

If you want to try to learn how to drive your golf ball straight by hinging your wrists at 90 degrees, ensure you do not “milk” your club once you complete your grip and, hinge your wrists at 90 degrees the first few inches of your back swing.

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