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How To Stop Casting The Golf Club – Tips From An Experienced Player

"Casting" the club means releasing too early from the top of the backswing. As you take your backswing, the angle between your left forearm and the club decreases, meaning you increase the "cocking" of the wrists. This stores energy in your body and lag in the club shaft. As you complete your backswing and start your downswing, you want to maintain and even increase that angle in the wrists. What happens with players that "cast" the club is that they uncock the wrists. This leads to a massive loss of power and can cause the club to come down from the outside in, causing sliced shots.

Here are a few tips that will help you stop casting the club:

  1. Start your downswing from the ground up
  2. Players who cast the club, start the downswing with their hands and arms. Good players start their downswing from the ground up,, meaning with their left foot Their left knee then left hip soon follow.

  3. Lengthen your backswing
  4. Casting the club is more associated with a short backswing. When you get the club to parallel, or even beyond parallel, the clubhead will be behind your neck and so will reduce casting.

  5. Put some weight in the clubhead or practice swinging with a heavier club
  6. When you have more weight in the clubhead, the shaft and grip of the clubhead will come down first. Players who cast the club do the opposite - the club head moves down before the shaft.

  7. Lighten your grip
  8. When you lighten your grip, you will increase the flexibility in your wrists. The more flexible your wrists, the more club head lag you will have at the top of your backswing and on the way down. This will reduce casting.

  9. Keep the angle in your right forearm
  10. When golfers cast the club, they straighten their right arm as quickly as possible in the downswing. To counteract this, make an effort to hold the angle in your right elbow and forearm for as long as possible until you release it to hit the ball.

  11. Move your left shoulder towards the target as you start down your downswing. Players who cast the club open the shoulders too early. To avoid this, as you start down move your left shoulder towards the target. This will keep your shoulders closed, your chest away from the target and will keep the angle in your wrists.

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Those who are adventurous area also able to take some time after their golfing exploits, to enjoy some of the country’s deep sea fishing expeditions, among a host of other water sporting activities that line the sea shore. Truly Portugal is paradise not just for the avid golfer, but it is one place where anyone would be happy to visit at any time of the year.

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