By Kiel Christianson
Down-and-out is generally a bad thing in life, but not in golf. If you're having trouble grooving an inside-out swing path, routing the downswing down first and then out to the ball just might be the trick to more solid ball-striking.
In this video swing tip, Martin Hall, Director of Golf Instruction at Ibis Golf and Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., describes a drill that is half visualization and half mechanization.
Hall calls the drill the "hammer drill," and encourages you to visualize pounding a post into the ground even with your back heel before continuing on into the hitting area. This "late entry" into the line behind the ball results naturally in an inside-out swing path.
So think "down-and-out" to get the ball up and toward the target.