Punta Mita Golf: Flatten the Shaft

In Play, Puerto Vallarta by Suzanne Koch

Tom F. Stickney II is the Director of Instruction and Business Development at Punta Mita, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Punta Mita is a 1,500-acre golf and beach resort located 45 minutes from Puerto Vallarta on a beautiful peninsula surrounded by the Bay of Banderas on three sides. Amenities include two Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses with 14 holes directly on the water, a golf academy, four private beach clubs, a Four Seasons Hotel, a St. Regis Hotel, as well as multiple private villas and homesites available. Read on for Tom’s tip to help fix an “over the top” problem.

The most common problem in golf is when the player comes “over the top” or transitions the club shaft over the top of where it started at address, giving us the dreaded out to in golf swing. Whenever this happens you are left to hit big pulls or slices into right field! Here is a simple way that you can avoid this issue with another downswing thought.

Tip No. 3: Flatten the Shaft

If you remember the transitional motions of Nick Faldo, you will notice a distinct “flattening of the shaft” from the top. This motion is best described as allowing the clubhead to fall behind the hands, the butt of the club will point just outside the ball, and the entire club will feel heavy from the start of the downswing. Whenever you come over the top, the clubshaft will steepen and it will get lighter…that’s a bad feeling from the top!

To see this in action, check out the video below.

For more information regarding Punta Mita, golf outings, golf schools and private lessons, e-mail tom.stickney@puntamita.com.

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