When I'm on the driving range I often see golfers swinging and stopping at the top of their backswing to see if the club is positioned correctly. Now I don't have to tell you, this is a very hard way to accurately tell if your top of the backswing position is good or not.
So if you've struggled to tell whether your golf backswing is correct then today I'm going to give you a great exercise that will allow you to quickly tell if your golf backswing is too upright, too flat or just right.
To do this golf drill you simply have to swing back to the top of your backswing and stop and hold your backswing position for a couple of seconds.
Then from this position simply slowly loosen your grip and let the shaft fall down. And if the club hits you on the tip of your right shoulder that tells you that your golf backswing is in a good position. If the golf club misses your body when you do this then that is a sure sign that your backswing is too flat. And conversely if your club hits your head or neck that indicates that your swing is too upright.
Now if after doing this backswing exercise you find that your top of the backswing position is not where it should be then please don't do this:
Do not try to manipulate what is happening near the top of your backswing to get the club in a good position, because you must understand that the golf swing is a chain reaction. Let me explain that some more by looking at what happens when you impact the golf ball.
The impact position you get into when you swing is a result of the downswing position that you were in. The position you get into in the downswing is a result of how you transitioned from your backswing position to the downswing. The position you get into at the top of your backswing is simply the result of the position you were in half way into your backswing. The position you get into half way into your backswing is the result of how you took the club away. And finally, the way you took the club away is largely a result of your setup.
So you see, you can't take one position in your golf swing and try and fix that because the positions that you got into before that determined the future positions. Instead what you need to do is systematically work on getting each phase of the swing the best it can be, working from the setup, take away and on from there. If you do that you'll naturally and automatically get into a great top of the swing position.