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Therefore, gripping the club correctly is extremely important. A weak grip will tend to leave the club face open while a strong grip will likely result in a closed club face. As the club head begins back, make sure the face is square. Once the left arm is extended back, the left thumb and the toe of the club face should point toward the sky.
When the club is parallel with the ground, you should see approximately 2 knuckles on the left hand. Additionally, the back of the left hand should face to the front rather than up toward the sky or down toward the ground. Practice the following drill to understand the proper sequence of movements.
Without a club, take a set-up position with the feet shoulder width apart, with a slight knee flex and forward bend at the waist. Allow your left arm to hang down. The left arm should extend back while the thumb points up and the outside of your hand faces in front of you.
Again, very little movement is created other than in the left arm and shoulder. Make sure the clubhead moves straight back, not inside or outside of the ball. Swing the clubhead straight back from the ball to start the swing. This motion is created by pushing the left arm back to start the takeaway. Swing faults occur when the clubhead begins to swing back inside or outside the target line. Practice the correct takeaway by placing a tee in the ground approximately 20 inches behind the ball.
Swing the club back and allow the clubhead to hit the tee in the ground. Hinge your wrists vertically. You should see deep wrinkles in your right wrist at the base of your thumb. Swing on the shaft plane.
Keep it shallow by pointing your thumbs below your right shoulder as you swing to the top. Take a neutral hold. Set your right hand on the grip so that your right palm faces the target. This places your right hand in position to hinge the club horizontally and apply pressure on the side of the shaft—your power position. Hinge your wrists horizontally. Since your natural arm swing is fairly neutral, you need a neutral, or horizontal, hinge.
Bend your right wrist back while folding your right elbow. To get a feel for this, hold a club in front of you and hinge it to the right while keeping the shaft parallel to the ground. Swing on the torso plane. A neutral arm swing dictates a neutral swing plane. Simply swing back on an imaginary line running from the ball through your torso. You did it right if the shaft bisects your right biceps on the way back and your left wrist is flat—that is, little or no bend—at the top.
Weaken your top hand. Take a very weak right-hand grip V pointed toward your left shoulder and a strong left-hand grip. On-top golfers need to offset the steepness of their natural arm swing with a diagonal hinge. Hinge both wrists toward your right shoulder. That will set you perfectly on plane. Take the high road.
Keep the shaft on an imaginary line from the ball through your right shoulder. You should feel like your thumbs point toward the sky the whole way. Your goal is to maintain upward, diagonal pressure from your right hand to the handle from start to finish.
Make 10 swings to get a feel for this motion, then 10 more with your normal hold to ingrain it. Perform this drill as part of your regular warm-up routine as you proceed with the plan. Your goal is to maintain lateral pressure toward the target from your right hand to the side of the handle from start to finish.
Your goal is to maintain downward, diagonal pressure from your right hand to the handle from start to finish. A simple squat is not only good for developing leg strength, it unlocks several clues as to how you should position your feet at address for maximum turning power and swing stability. You often catch chips and pitches thin. Or you catch them fat.
Top Teacher Scott Munroe explains the importance of bounce angle when trying to get up-and-down from around the green, and how to adjust your setup and stance to catch par-saving chips and pitches as cleanly as possible. Watch the video below. Keep track of how many you make out of 10 attempts. Then, move the ball back to four feet. Again, see how many you can make out of If you pass the three- and four-foot putt tests, scroll below to work on a different area of your putting game, such as stroke calibration and distance control.
To remedy this problem, snap a chalk line on a flat section of the practice green you can purchase a chalk line at any hardware or D. As you settle into your stance, make sure the putterface is perpendicular to the chalk line.
If your putter features alignment marks on the top of the head, line them up with the line on the ground. Next, look down and see if your shoulders, forearms, hips and toes run parallel with the chalk line.
Now roll some putts, using the line and peripheral vision to check your stroke path and confirm your ability to start the ball on line. Should you rotate around your right leg when you swing? Every golfer is built differently, which means we rotate fastest and most efficiently in various ways. For most golfers, tapping your natural lower-body strengths is the secret to unlocking the smooth swinger within. Start by swinging a medicine ball or similarly sized object in three distinct ways.
I explain how in the video below. Contacting the ball away from the center of the sweet spot not only diminishes energy transfer causing the ball to come up short , it destroys your accuracy, because off-center contact forces the putterhead to twist open on strikes near the toe and closed on strikes near the heel. You need to find a way to contact the ball in the sweet spot on every attempt.
Are your hips up to the task? Watch the video below for the answer. With any iron, swing back while letting your right elbow naturally fold.
Stop when your hands reach waist height in your backswing. Have your friend lay an alignment stick or club along your shoulder line. Move the club until it matches the alignment stick, regardless of where this is. Once you find this spot, hold it for a few seconds until you can memorize its location. The matchups, however, vary depending on the ideal backswing shape you determined on Day 1.
Perform this check weekly as you proceed with the plan. Getting your swing on the right track at the start makes the rest of your motion much easier to execute. There are, however, some absolutes. Check it by asking a friend to lay a club or an alignment rod across your shoulder blades as you hold your position at the top.
If not, repeat the open-palm backswing drill from Day 1 until you get it right. The more creative you are around the greens, the better your chances of saving par. Part of this day improvement plan is to increase your short-game shot arsenal.
Learn it in the video below. Channel your inner Phil Mickelson and put a reliable flop shot in your bag. Perfecting your putting setup will go a long way to helping you make more than your fair share of putts. I like my students to be as comfortable as possible when they address a putt.
The only non-negotiables are that your putterface is set perpendicular to your starting line and your shoulders match the line on which you want the ball to start. Nail the first with my chalk line drill Day 3.
For perfect shoulder alignment, spend some time on the practice green rolling putts with your feet close together. After a few attempts, widen your stance by stepping out the same distance to the left and right until you reach your regular stance width. You see a lot of Tour players start from a feet-together stance and then go wide. Excessive body motion can make it difficult to control distance and direction.
Putt like the King either in practice or out on the course. Swinging the club back on plane is tough to do with limited shoulder mobility. Top Teacher Jon Tattersall offers a test in the video below to see if your delts are up to the task, and a way to improve their mobility and rotation to swing the club correctly without stressing your body. Now the fun part: As you turn into the impact zone, keep your right elbow in front of your right hip.
This keeps your right hand in its natural power position under the left. As soon as the clubshaft gets parallel to the ground in your downswing, extend your right arm out toward the target. Try to get it to snap straight by the time you reach the follow-through. As you extend your right arm, pull your head and chest slightly away from the target to help maintain balance. As you bring the club into the delivery position, time your arm swing and hip turn so that your right elbow is even with your right hip, or on top of the side seam on your shirt.
As soon as the butt of the club points at the ball in your downswing, straighten your right arm. Try to extend it 45 degrees pas the ball. This undoes the horizontal hinge you made in your backswing. It would not be a good idea to hit your drives on a low trajectory all of the time. To maximize distance under 'normal' conditions, you will typically want to hit a high drive with a low spin rate.
That combination allows the ball to travel on a flat, boring trajectory that offers both carry distance and roll out. When you are picking out a driver that fits best with your swing, you should do so with this high and flat trajectory in mind. However, there are certain times on the course when a low drive is exactly what you need to position your ball perfectly for the next shot.
Tee shots are all about position - rarely will you be hitting a driver with the goal of putting your ball on the green. More likely, you are hitting your drives in order to set up the next shot that you will face. You can make golf much easier by positioning your ball well with the driver, but that is a job that is easier said than done.
Once you are comfortable with the technique required to hit low drives off the tee, the next step is knowing when to pull this shot from the bag. Following are three situations that just may call for a low drive. As you get more and more experience with hitting low drives, you will probably find a number of different opportunities to use this ball flight.
In the end, it is all up to you and your feel for the shot. You should be confident standing over each shot that you hit during a given round, so pick the trajectory that you truly believe will lead to a quality shot. While the tips above are good ground rules to use, nothing is set in stone.
You should develop your own playing style, even if that means going against the 'book' from time to time.
Even though you are only making a minor adjustment to your swing to create a lower ball flight, you still may run into some problems along the way. In the process of moving slightly farther away from the ball, it is possible that you will develop small issues in your swing which do damage to your ball flight or the consistency of your contact. You want to be able to rely on this low ball flight whenever you attempt to use it, so it is important to get these issues worked out on the range prior to using your new shot on the course.
One of the most common issues when standing farther away from the ball is coming up out of the swing prior to impact. You will know that you are making this mistake because you will be making contact with the ball low on the club face.
Your drives will still fly low, but they will lack power and they may trail off to the right at the end. It is always important to hit the sweet spot of the club face, no matter what kind of shot you are trying to play from the tee.
The correction for this common mistake is quite simple — keep your head down on the ball through impact. It might be tempting to look up early to see where the ball is going, but that is a temptation that you will have to resist. It might help to pick out a specific spot on your golf ball that you can watch carefully until the ball is gone. By giving yourself a specific point to look at during the swing, you should have an easier time staying focused on keeping your eyes down.
As long as your eyes are down, your left side should stay with the shot until the club have moved through the hitting area. This might seem like a minor detail, but it has major consequences on the quality of your shots. Keeping your eyes down will not only help you when hitting low tee shots, but it will also help you throughout the rest of the course. Another issue that is frequently seen when trying to hit the ball low from the tee is a quick hook.
When you first try to use this technique, you might find that your ball is quickly ducking left into the rough or the trees shortly after it leaves the tee. Obviously, this is a problem. The cause of this problem, most likely, is a short backswing. Since you are standing farther from the ball, you actually need to make a slightly longer swing than normal to keep the club in the right position.
Allow your backswing plenty of time to develop, and only start forward when you are sure that you have turned all the way to the right. As long as your backswing reaches the necessary length, you should be able to find the perfect slot for the club, and the downswing should be in excellent shape to produce a low, and straight, shot.
If you find yourself dealing with either one of those two problems — contact low on the face or quick hooks to the left — spend some time on the range ironing out your mechanics so you can reliably produce a straight and low ball when needed.