Square To Square To Square

If you’ve heard the “Square To Square To Square” bit of jargon in the recent blogs I’ve conducted with Fluffy and you are a little fuzzy on the concept, it’s about having the neutral grip so that you won’t have to manipulate the club face through impact.

 I took a swing from the summer where I got that down pretty well, but then again, if I were to practice every day as a competitive amateur or pro, I’d be looking for this every time.

All if takes is to get your proper neutral grip as I’ve outlined you do in the “E = MCS” video, when I showed not only how hand position in the stance can cause hooking, but also how to make it as simple as possible to get a square club face at impact.

If you get that proper neutral grip and don’t manipulate the club face during the swing, then you will have the “square to square to square” action going in your down swing:

That means, the toe is pointing up at the “3 O’clock” position, square at impact, and again up at the “9 O’Clock,” as seen above.

Pretty hard to send a ball very far off-line if you’re setting up square to your target line (alignment is also key, of course, to good ball-striking) and then getting the square-square-square club face.

Not only that, I also have the “square” position on the takeaway, because I’ve got my neutral grip and I’m not manipulating the club face going back:

Now, I did explain in the last video that, if you reach the proper position at the top with your neutral grip and your “One Major Move” pivot, you should still be square at impact even if you’re manipulating the club face going back.

Some people insist on “fanning” the face, others want to “hood it,” and of course the optimal non-manipulation is what I’d opt for, but if your grip is truly neutral, it is very hard to come through impact with anything other than a square club face if that’s how you started, providing you’re not intentionally doing something else.

My motto is, keep it simple. That goes for the stance, ball position, pivot, down swing, and of course the grip and hand action.

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6 thoughts on “Square To Square To Square

  1. Rick Egan

    I just purchased a hybrid driver from Thomas Golf.
    Recently I met an older golfer who had a full set of hybrids by Thomas golf. Have you any experience with those clubs?

    1. D Watts Post author

      I can’t say I’ve had much experience with hybrids, R.E.

      I do have a TaylorMade rescue that I use on long par 3’s or out of the rough at times, but I unfortunately couldn’t tell you anything about Thomas hybrids.

  2. Fluffy Theman

    Hey Sensei. Haven’t had much time for two weeks to work on my swing. Couple times to the range and using the swing stick but what I have been finding is that I have a tendency to have that closed face on take away. Picked up the habit somewhere along the way. And it’s definitely in the grip as the takeaway we have worked on is effortless.

    I’ll keep you updated. Maybe we can have another skype lesson as soon as this chaos dies down and I can focus on more important things, like a swing that destroys all my buddies hopes of ever beating me again.
    Swing sweetness.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Yes, I figured you got busy there with your last response a week or so back, Fluffy – I’ll be here, just have a look at our session(s) regarding that aspect before you start practicing again, and we’ll take it from there when you have some time! 🙂

  3. D.L. Moriarty

    Heres a question I’ve been pondering lately. Is there such a thing as swinging too hard? I guess to clarify, I typically slow my swing down because if i go with my natural movement, I’ll be swinging hard enough to roll over my lead ankle. Guess I dont have the same good shock absorber you have!

    1. D Watts Post author

      That would likely be due to not fully transferring to the lead foot and/or not releasing the trailing foot, D.L., without seeing your swing.

      Funny you mention “shock absorber” as well! I call the “soft leading knee” through impact a shock absorber, and you’ll see that with the release of the trailing foot and the leading leg taking the force, there is a noticeable “shock absorber” action in my and Dunaway’s leading leg through impact:

      You have to get all the weight onto the leading leg and release that trailing foot to get that action.

      Hope that helps! 🙂

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