By Art Sellinger,
At my power clinics and exhibitions, I often recommend to audiences that they try to
develop the feeling of holding a golf club long enough at the top of their backswing
for someone to hang a shirt on it—the Clothesline Effect, if you will.
Imagining the shaft as a clothesline serves two important purposes. One, it
encourages players to finish their backswings completely and, two, it reduces the
tendency to slide forward too quickly on the downswing, a move that creates slices
and pop-ups due to an overly steep angle of attack.
While ingraining this feeling of the club resting at the top, don’t make the mistake of
simply stopping the club before you make the transition from the backswing to the
downswing. Remember, the golf swing is a swing, with the club in a constant state
On those days when your timing is a bit off and you feel you’re rushing things,
concentrate on finishing the backswing and “hanging a shirt.” You’ll soon develop a
smoother transition from the top to the forwardswing, which will greatly benefit your