This is the second of a two-part article on exiting your swing. In Part I we talked about the keys to exiting a swing and the types of swing exits available. In Part II we talk about common exit faults.
4 Common Exit Faults To Avoid
How do you exit your iron swing? You’ve probably never thought about it. You’re not alone. Most golfers never think about how they exit their swings—until it’s either mentioned in a golf lesson or written about in golf tips article like this. But exiting your swing correctly is almost as critical to good ballstriking as getting your takeaway right.
Exiting your iron swing correctly can boost accuracy, power, and/or consistency—three keys to breaking 80. It can also help increase GIRs and the number of pars and birdies you make. This in turn can help you really shrink your golf handicap.
Three Ways To Exit Your Swing
You can exit your iron swing one of three ways. You can exit it for accuracy, power or a blend of both. Accurate hitters exit their iron swings without manipulating the clubface by hand action at impact. Instead, they make big body turns. These golfers usually hit a fade as their typical ballflight.
Power hitters exit for “speed.” The faster you swing through the impact zone, the longer the ball goes. With this type of swing, your body “brakes” quickly, allowing the arms and hands to whip past it with speed. These golfers usually hit draws. Many Tour players exit this way.
Blended hitters bring the best of both exits together. These golfers exit their swings making “a concentric arc” with their bodies—something you see many pros do when finishing their swings. Great ballstrikers, like Ben Hogan and Sam Snead, favor this exit style when hitting straight shots.
Four Exit Swing Faults
The four most common swing faults are the hook, the slice, the fat shot, and the thin shot. Committing any of these exit errors spells trouble. They can cost you one, two, or even three strokes depending on where your ball lands.
• The Slice: This exit comes from having a weak grip, which causes the clubface to be open at impact. Golfers who exit this way swing outside in and flip the clubface square at impact to steer the ball online. Correct this swing fault by strengthening your grip and practicing the speed exit.
• The Hook: Hookers tend to swing too much from inside out through impact. These golfers rotate the clubface closed to get the ball to the target. If you hook, work on making the control exit. Eventually, you’ll get to a blended exit.
• Fat Shots: Golfers hitting fat shots generally uncock their wrists too early in their swings. This fault moves the swing’s low point behind the ball. If you hit fat shots, switch to a stronger grip. Practice making punch shots using the control exit as well.
• Thin Shots: Golfers hitting thin shots swing too much inside out through impact. This shallows out the approach swing and produces contact too low on the clubface. If you hit thin shots, practice the control exit.
Eliminating these exit errors boosts ballstriking. It also improves your ability to control ballflight. Improving your ballstriking and ballflight control will help you card more birdies and pars.
If you’re serious about improving as a golfer, work on how you exit your swing. It can help you break 80 and chop strokes off your golf handicap.