Golf swing drill – Advice from one of the world’s best ball strikers

I came across this post and golf swing drill on instagram and just wanted to share it with you all. If you want to become an elite player, or just improve your consistency please take note of this way of thinking about your golf swing.

In this post I will talk you through Tommy Fleetwood’s golf swing drill and comments on his golf swing. These are both posted below, swipe right for the golf swing drill. We will also discuss how to apply these ideas to your own game. I’d like to give a quick shout out to Scotty Howarth who re-posted it. Check out his instagram for more.

Tommy Fleetwood’s golf swing drill and swing philosophy


@tommyfleetwood_1 words on his swing technically I square the club at impact by keeping my body turning. There’s very little forearm rotation or flip, where the right hand rolls under the left. I see amateurs do that, and it’s very hard to control ball flight if you’re too active with your hands. Instead, keep your hands and arms passive, letting the club follow your body through impact. That means you gotta keep turning. I want my body rotation to stay ahead of my hands and club, as if they are being dragged. Do that, and you can swing down from the inside and square the clubface without forearm rotation. Even after I hit it, my forearms haven’t turned much. This type of swing relies a lot less on timing. Even if you’re off, your misses won’t be as bad. A drill to get a feel for this is to take a 7-iron and hit shots that go only 100 yards. Do this simply by propelling the club with body rotation. Your arms stay long throughout the swing—like a windmill—but act like they’re dead weight. This will help you feel how to square the club without trying to do it with your hands. Big-muscle swings are a lot easier to control. #golfperformance #golflessons #golflessons #golfing #golfswingcoach #golfswingvideo #golfswingforsale #golfswing #golfswingfeedback #georgegankas #golfswing #titleist #taylormade #tommyfleetwood

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The golf swing and timing

I’m my previous post, I discussed the issue of timing in ‘what causes us to play bad golf’. Here, Tommy hit’s the nail on the head with his approach to swinging a golf club and minimising the reliance on timing. For elite players most of the variability in shot accuracy comes from their club face angle at impact. Squaring up the club face requires great timing, even for great players.

Tommy’s approach is to set the club in a position pre-impact where he can consistently square up the club face. This pre-impact position relies on many things, but two key steps are to have a sound golf grip at set up and a neutral or flexed left wrist position during his downswing.

From this position the club face is highly unlikely to return to impact open (pointing to the right of his target). All he has to do from here is to turn through hard with his body and keep his hands quite. This process minimises the timing needed to square up the club face and increases his chances of hitting great golf shots.

If he doesn’t turn his body through he will lose his shots left. However, this way of playing removes the right side of the golf course from his game. It makes managing his game and swing far simpler.

Body rotation and club face control

Tommy’s swing focus can be adopted by many players wishing to improve their golf.

Many golfers wrongly assume they have to flip the club and whip their wrists through to square up the club face at impact. However, if you ensure you have a solid golf grip and wrist position this isn’t necessary. Instead, you can have the club face pre-set to hit the ball straight before impact.

Once you have the club in this position, you need to focus on having excellent body rotation up to, and beyond impact. This is clearly visible in Tommy’s swing above.

Most amateurs try to control their club face through impact by actively manipulating what their club face does. This approach will flounder if it is not paired with good body rotation.

Let’s take an analogy to better understand the relationship between body rotation and club face control:

Imagine you’re sat in a car that breaks sharply. Your torso and head will flex forward with a lot of force. There is a sudden and dramatic change in angle between where your face is pointing and the base of the car.

The same relationship is true with your body rotation and club face angle. Picture your body rotation as the car driving along and your club head as your own head sitting in that car.

As long as your body keeps rotating at a constant velocity it is easy to control and maintain your club face angle (where your face points). If your body (the car) rapidly decelerates, the club face (your head) will flip forwards with a lot of force.

“A key to stabilising your club face through impact is to keep your body rotating through into a finish.”


The only difference between our car analogy and the golf swing is that one occurs in a straight line (linear acceleration) and the other occurs about an imaginary axis (angular acceleration). The same principles apply to both, it is just easier to picture things that happen in a straight lines.

The golf swing drill for better club face control

The second video (click right) on the instagram post shows Tommy practicing his body rotation and club face control. Many golfers associate hitting the ball harder with more active hands.

Great players achieve their club head speed by speeding up their body rotation during their downswing. In the golf swing drill above, Tommy takes a 7-iron and only tries to hit the ball 100 yards (60% of his full distance). He aims to generate all the distance with his body rotation, and practices at a speed where he can minimise the use of his wrists and forearms through impact.

This is a great way to master the relationship between your body rotation and club face control. Start at 30 or 40% of your full shot distance, once you can make good swings 80% of the time at that distance pick a target just slightly further away and repeat the process.

As you slowly working your way up to a full swing, trying to maintain this same relationship between your body rotation and club face control through impact. You will find a distance where things start to break down. Take time to practice around this distance, before you move on.

I hope you enjoy using this golf swing drill to improve your club face control. I always appreciate you fine golfers sharing these posts with the social buttons. It really helps me grow this blog.

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2 Replies to “Golf swing drill – Advice from one of the world’s best ball strikers”

    1. Thanks for your question. Yes is the short answer. Obviously everyone needs to develop a swing based on their own constraints, but the same principles apply for a more ‘body orientated’ swing whatever age you are. If your worried about injury and the golf swing you can check out this video. I hope it helps. Will

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