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Square the club face with the right hand

 

 
(July 2008)
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Dale Crafton

Have you ever hit the ball to the right with an open club face? Most everyone who has played the game can say “yes” to that question.
One key to “squaring” the club face is to be certain that the palm of the trail hand is facing the target or maybe a little closed at impact.
To emphasize the position of the trail hand at impact, I recommend several drills or feels of the hand. For those of you who have played table tennis and hit a four hand slam shot, when you hit the shot, the palm of the hand is facing up. After you’ve hit the shot, the palm is facing down.

Dale Crafton
Dale Crafton

Try the same feeling with the golf swing. “Palm up” at waist high coming into the hitting area and “palm down” half way through to the finish (see photos).
Last week, I was working with a student from the Deputy area, Ron Povaleri. We were talking about how to keep the trail hand in the correct position at impact.
He mentioned a thought that I had used successfully in the past but hadn’t used in several years. His comment was, “Swing the right hand into the hitting area like skipping a rock on a pond or on the Ohio River.”
That swing thought does several positive things. It keeps the head behind the ball, it releases the club head into the hitting area and discourages lifting the body up when swinging.

Dale Crafton
Dale Crafton

My final drill is for those of you who have played baseball or softball. It has always seemed to me that the feeling of the trail arm and hand in the impact area is similar to fielding a ground ball and throwing it with a side arm or a slightly underhand motion. The elbow leads the arm and the hand follows with an extended motion to the target. 

• Dale Crafton is the owner and instructor at Cozy Acres Golf Complex, 4040 Old State Rd. 62, Madison, Ind. Call him at (812) 273-3137.

 

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