Steering and or guiding the club straight is very often completely destructive to a golf swing. For the lucky few, a linear swing* can produce weak but straight shots, and a decent short game. For the masses, it creates chaotic results and worse.
It makes sense to swing straight, especially in putting and chipping. It not only makes sense, it something that we can do fairly easily. To make matters worse, many golf teachers and analyst are proponents of linear motion!!!
Truth is, linear motion of the arms destroys the swing arc, collapsing centrifugal force. This means the unless you use your hands and arms to move the club up and forward, the club will crash… This means on EVERY swing you make, you must use muscular force to recover. Muscular force means a reaction will also occur, pulling the club off path again… Another compensation must be made on every swing….
Can you see why I said linear force can be chaotic? Think about it. Most golfers complain about their short shots. When I ask them their tendencies, they typically reply that ANYTHING can happen!!! Fat, thin, shank, toe…. Who knows, and that makes it difficult to build any confidence!!!
Worst of all, 20% of tour pros, 50% of senior tour pros, and 80% of amateurs over the age of 50 develop the yips most often due to this linear motion. Bummer.
Let the arms swing, and ALLOW THE BALL TO TAKE OFF ON A TANGENT TO THE SWING! No steering, no guiding!!!!
Use the forward pivotal axis (forward leg) to rotate the arms and club on a predictable path! The ball gets in the way and is sent towards the target!
***Please allow the club to rotate into the followthru! NO CHASING THE TARGET LINE!!!
*Linear Swing: Any motion in your golf swing where your arms chase the target line in order to steer or make the ball go straight