Faults and Fixes Tip #200.
Faults and Fixes Tip #200.
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This is my 200th Monthly Golf tip. 16 years and 9 months. Thank you all so much for supporting me on this long journey, and I hope I can get to #300! That will be December of 2020. It seems like a long way away, but as we all know, time flies! So I chose to do a repeat of a video I did several years ago that has turned out to be the most-watched video on my site. Currently, this tip has over 180,000 views.
Do you know the sure-fire way to cure your swing problems? The key is in understanding cause and effect. Learn why these problems occur and then you can fix them. Fat shots, hooks, slices… identify the swing path that creates these errant shots and then systematically eliminate them. I explain in this month’s video golf tip.
In hitting intentional bad shots, I can demonstrate a) why it happened and b) how to correct it.
Cause for the “Fat” shot.
The “fat” shot or hitting behind the ball is one of the most common shots in golf. The cause is starting the downswing with the arm and not the lower body. As a result, the bottom of the rc is reached too soon. If you pay attention to your hips after you have hit a fat shot, you will notice that your hips are not turned all the way through with the hip facing the target.
Cure for the “Fat” shot.
Make sure you start the downswing with a lateral movement of the hips. This shifts the weight from the back foot to the front foot. After the lateral movement, the hips start to rotate, so after the shot is hit, the hips will be all the way around.
Cause for the “Thin” shot.
The main cause for a thin or topped shot is the bottom of the arc is not in the same place as you started.
The thin shot has two separate causes.
- The “chicken-wing.” When the lead arm bends through impact you are changing the bottom of the arc. A topped or thin shot results.
- “Picking up the head” or changing your spine angle. When you raise up you “change the spine angle” and you again raise the bottom of the arc. A topped or thin shot results.
Cure for the “Thin” shot.
Make sure the two aspects mentioned earlier do not occur. Practice keeping the lead arm straight through impact. Start with short shots and build up. Practice keeping the spine angle constant through impact. Again, start with short shots and build up.
Cause for the ball going to the right.
When the ball travels to the right of the target (for right-handed golfers) it is because the clubface is open at impact. When this occurs you also add loft and a weak shot is a result.
Cure for the ball going to the right.
The cure is what I call the release. This is when the bottom hand crosses over the top hand through impact. This move helps square the clubface in order to hit the ball straight.
Cause for the ball going to the left.
When a golfer attempt the release, sometimes they allow the clubhead to move around the body, causing the ball to go to the left. (for right-handed golfers.)
Cure for the ball going to the left.
The cure for this is to make sure the clubhead moves to the target through impact. I call this “Releasing down the line” The combination of the release and the clubhead moving towards the target will almost always result and a straight shot.
So that covers Faults and Fixes Tip #200. Now you have a good understanding of cause and effect! Go and enjoy your practice sessions.
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