Vertical Line Swing Review – The Body Friendly Way to Better Golf

By USGolfTV
June 30, 2021

The Vertical Line Swing Review

What’s the common theme with golfers as they get older?

Tightness and often plenty of back pain. We all wish that we could be as loose and flexible as we used to be but today that idea is a thing of the past.

Luckily for you, there’s a new and simple way to try and get back to swinging the club like you’re in your 20s.

The Vertical Line Swing is the easy and simple way for you to feel free and flexible with your golf swing and will also provide you with a few extra yards off the tee.

The first step to learning this new method starts in the setup.

Vertical Line Swing Setup

The golf setup is extremely important in the Vertical Line Swing and also in general with every golfer’s swing. So what should a good Vertical Line Setup ultimately do for you?

It will create a system that gets your swing to a great spot where you can really feel the golf club and know exactly where the ball is going.

The first thing to do in the setup is to flare your toes out at least 30 degrees and also slightly close your stance. For a right handed golfer this would mean the left foot is slightly ahead of the right foot when you’re set up over the ball.

Flaring the toes at least 30 degrees will allow for easier hip rotation and mobility during the golf swing. The slightly closed stance will help with one of the major goals of the vertical line swing, drawing the golf ball.

The next step in the setup for the Vertical Line Swing is to move your weight slightly forward from center with 60 percent of your weight on your lead foot and 40 percent of your weight on your trail foot. Following this, for a right handed golfer, you’ll want to tilt your head slightly so your left ear is just barely higher than your right ear. Both of these position changes will help you draw the golf ball.

The final key thing to be aware of is your grip. For the Vertical Line Swing, you want to have a grip that is strong. We want it strong because once again it generates an in to out swing path and ultimately helps you draw the golf ball.

Now that we’ve addressed the setup, let’s take a look at the takeaway.

Vertical Line Swing Takeaway

The common miss for an amateur golfer is a slice and that miss is typically generated by a poor takeaway. Usually, the hands are rising early in the takeaway and rotating open creating that slice.

The takeaway for the Vertical Line Swing is going to help you feel rotated and in a position where you KNOW you aren’t going to slice the golf ball.

The first step of the takeaway begins with having the hands arc in while keeping the club head out.

Along with keeping the clubhead on the outside, you’ll want to keep the logo on the top of your glove facing the target. This will help keep the club square throughout the entirety of your golf swing.

X-Factor – Halfway Back

Following the takeaway, the swing starts to transition into the halfway back position. The Vertical Line Swing during this portion of our golf swing really makes its big impact and can tremendously help us to hit better golf shots.

At this point of the swing, our primary focus is to maximize our hip rotation.

In order to do this you can attack it in a couple different ways.

Firstly, we should release our trail leg. This will allow for the hip to open up and rotate with the rest of our body.

Secondly, after already having our weight distributed 60 percent in our lead foot and 40 percent in a trial foot, we should shift our weight to that trail foot or “bump right” (for right handed golfers) during the halfway back point of your swing. This will primarily help with increasing our distance and will also help with increasing that rotation.

Finally, at the halfway back point of the golf swing we’ll want to have your lead arm parallel to the ground and out in front of your body rather than behind. This will help with once again keeping the clubface square and hitting that high draw.

Vertical Line Swing vs. Regular Instruction

The Vertical Line Swing is definitely not a part of the traditional golf instruction methods, however, it’s very effective to the typical amateur golfer.

Plenty of regular instruction programs teach turning with the arms and upper body to create speed and to hit better golf shots. These basic methods of teaching generally put excessive amounts of stress on your lower back, especially as we lose flexibility.

The Vertical Line Swing focuses on teaching turn and movement in your hips and lower body, and can help amateur golfers who may be older or past their athletic peaks to consistent, solid golf shots.

So if you are tired of the aches and pains, and instruction that just does not apply, give the Vertical Line Swing a look.  Your back (and hips and knees) will thank you!

8 Comments

  1. Todd Kolb, you are the GREATEST golf instructor I have ever watched. Your instructions have really helped me. And you have a wonderful personality👍

  2. Charlotte,
    You are too kind! It is a team effort on our side with many people involved. Our hope is the information we provide is helpful for our fellow golfers. Thanks!

  3. Todd, I love your golf tips videos. I’m an “experienced” golf, soon to be 79 y/o (with arthritis up and down my whole right side and a replaced right hip). My HcP index is the LOWEST it’s ever been. OK it got to 17 which is no great shakes, but I’ve never had a golf lesson and I taught myself to play in 1954, when I was playing 18 holes for a score of 145. I don’t hit the ball far (maybe 190 total yards off the tee WITH a tailwind), but my normal shot with all my clubs is straight.
    However, my 6 iron (115-120) hooks 80% of the time, while my 7,8,9,PW,GW,SW,and 60 degree lob wedge go dead straight. I have 3 (142), 4 (135), and 5 (125yd) hybrids and a 3-wood (165). I can’t seem to take more than a 3/4 swing with any club, but from 100 yards and in I’m very accurate, taking 3/4 or half swings.

  4. Bob,
    Awesome post right here! So great to see you still playing and working on the game…love it! It is odd that only your 6 iron is hooking? You may want to have it checked out by a club fitter to ensure it is not bent. Appreciate you watching and posting. Have you checked out our Vertical Line Swing System? Take a look at it here https://youtu.be/4obK1N-N9qY

  5. I am 69 years old. Still somewhat flexible and in decent shape. Playing golf on and off for about 50 years. I have tried almost every method and tips for the easiest, efficient golf swing. Have had some success with some of them but until you refreshed my memory with the vertical swing, I was inconsistent from shot to shot. The vertical method not only feels easier, I can also visualize where the clubbed is. This really works. I have a whole lot more confidence in my swing.
    Thanks.

  6. Ron,
    Awesome post! Nothing better than hearing our ideas/concepts are helping our fellow golfers. Be sure to check out our YouTube channel as well.

  7. Should I strive to shallow the club using the vertical swing?

  8. Craig,

    Thanks for asking. The club will naturally shallow on its own if the body moves correctly. It is a reaction not a forced movement. Hope that helps.

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