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David Stockton is an American professional with two major championships to his name, and also out of many golfers, a relatively sure backswing. Now what David Stockton found was by having a slightly shorter backswing, he could control the club face a little bit better. It meant that he wasn’t the longest hitter on tour but what he could do is be very, very accurate.

Now by a shorter backswing, especially in David Stockton's case, the shoulder still rotated quite a lot, to about 90 degrees but the arms didn’t quite travel, well we could pass as a full distance, so the shaft didn’t get parallel to the ground. The arms were a little bit withdrawn and the shaft was a little bit more upright. From there, he used to drop the club a little bit down on the inside and then continue to a full follow-through position. Now because of this, he didn’t get a massive amount – with, from the backswing, he couldn’t generate massive amounts of speed but he has a lot more control over the clubface. So if accuracy is something you were struggling with shortening down the backswing, it can certainly help.

And by shortening down the backswing, all you need to really feel is that the arms are extending, the shoulders are turning but you’re stopping at about three quarters of length swing. And then so just to allow you to return the clubface into a better position and hit more accurate shots. So if you’re also struggling with accuracy, take a leaf out of David Stockton’s book and shorten down that backswing.