Visualize A Clock To Coil Better

Aug 27, 2023


In this blog post, we will discuss a simple technique that can help improve your golf swing. The technique involves visualizing a clock image and using it as a reference point for the movement of your arms and body during the swing. By understanding this concept, you can achieve a more efficient and powerful swing. So, let's dive into the details!

The Clock Image:

For right-handed golfers, imagine a clock face in front of you. The 12 o'clock position is directly in front, while the 3 o'clock position is to the right. Left-handed golfers would flip the clock image, with 12 o'clock in front and 9 o'clock to the left. This clock image will serve as a guide for understanding the movement of your arms and body during the swing.

The Arm Movement:

To begin, imagine two balls placed off your toes, representing your setup position. Focus on your lead arm, which is the arm closest to the target. At the setup, your lead arm is at the 12 o'clock position. Now, visualize moving your lead arm from 12 o'clock to 3 o'clock. This movement mimics the rotation of your shoulders and helps you reach the halfway back position.

Visualizing the Movement:

To better understand the arm movement, let's look at it from a different perspective. Imagine standing behind the golfer, looking down the line of the swing. From this viewpoint, you can see the lead arm moving from 12 o'clock to 3 o'clock. This visualization helps you grasp the concept of coiling and prevents you from picking up the club too straight or reaching out too far.

Avoiding Common Mistakes:

By using the clock image, you can correct common mistakes in your swing. For example, if you find yourself picking up the club or fanning it open, you are deviating from the desired movement. The goal is to keep the ball visible on the side of your hand as you move from 12 o'clock to 3 o'clock. This ensures a proper coil and prevents unnecessary arm movements.

Applying the Technique:

To apply this technique, think of your lead arm as the minute hand on a clock. As you set up for your swing, imagine the minute hand pointing at 12 o'clock. To initiate the backswing, move your lead arm from 12 o'clock to 3 o'clock, maintaining a smooth and continuous motion. Continue the swing to the top and then hit your shot.

The Importance of Body Movement:

By focusing on the movement of your body, you can reduce reliance on your arms during the swing. When your body is properly coiling, your arms become secondary in generating power. This technique allows you to utilize your body's rotational force to hit the ball, resulting in a more effortless and efficient swing.


Incorporating the clock image technique into your golf swing can significantly improve your performance. By visualizing the movement of your arms from 12 o'clock to 3 o'clock, you can achieve a proper coil and avoid common swing mistakes. Remember, the ultimate goal is to use your body's rotation to generate power, reducing the reliance on your arms. So, give this technique a try during your next practice session and experience the difference it can make in your swing!

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