As I talk to seasonal golfers and new golfers,
the issue of distance is frequently asked about. The other issue often
times asked about is the dreaded slice.
If this scenario sounds like you, long shots have a general tendency to
slice from left to right, and occasionally you chop under the ball and
lob it upward especially when it is teed or top it along
the ground to the left. Also, there is a general lack of distance, especially
on long shots.
Lets talk about a correction strategy.
Correction: hit practice shots with your feet together, actually touching.
Start with a 5-iron and the ball on a low tee. Remove the tee after you
begin to make solid contact consistently.
with the arms and hands from the top and keep your feet together,
actually touching, to help correct the dreaded slice.
As you hit these shots, make sure that you initiate your downswing with
your arms and hands. Even feel that you are casting the club, swinging
it freely without overusing your body.
In your case, there is not an incorrect feeling to cultivate. It will
give you the free swinging of the arms and free release of the hands that
all good players have developed naturally, almost without effort early
in their careers. You, too, wont develop this free swinging if you
are to ever transmit fully the power of your body to the club head and
Once you can feel yourself swinging the club freely with your arms and
hands, you will no longer be falling off balance through overusing your
body, then gradually widen the stance. If your old shot pattern returns,
go back to this feet together drill until you recapture this feeling.
Continue swinging your arms freely from the top of your swing, even if
your shots begin to curve in the opposite direction, right to left. If
the degree of curve becomes too severe, however, or if you tend to hit
the ground behind the ball, combine a clearing or turning of the left
hip to the left with your free arm and swing from the top.
This article refers to strategies from golf instructor John Jacobs.
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.