So many of my students try to help the ball into the air and never achieve the proper bottom of the arc to compress and launch the ball. Use the visual below to help with better body mechanics and improve your ball striking!


      Imagine taking your setup in front of a mirror: You want the shaft at a 90-degree angle to the ground. Your goal is to get the shaft back to that angle at impact. To do that, you have to close (or fold) your right wrist and elbow joints on the backswing, then open them on the downswing.

      Slicers tend to have trouble unfolding the right elbow: The body unwinds, but the elbow gets trapped behind it. They need to feel the right hand bleeding away from the right shoulder ASAP in the downswing. Better players sometimes fail to unload the right wrist by impact, so they also need to focus on getting the shaft back to its address position. In short, you have to release the club--all of it--by the time you reach impact.

August, 2014

 Total Balance Player Development



Cypress, California

Practice swings help alleviate tension... Fault: - Inconsistent strikes are killing your short game - Nervous tension upsets your rhythm Fix: As coaches, we often speak of the importance of having a pre-shot routine. The good news is this doesn't have to be too rigid or lengthy, but can involve something very easy that simply sets a positive outlook. If you have been having problems with your short game make a series of practice swings next to your ball. Do not stop between each swing, but create a smooth, flowing rhythm by going straight from one swing to the next. Repeat these four or five times. This simple process will help you in three ways. Firstly, it will relieve the build-up of tension. Secondly, you'll start to develop a feel for the sort of flowing rhythm that delivers genuine distance control. And finally, you'll be able to see, from where the club hits the ground, where your wedge is bottoming out. This will help you set the ideal ball position as you walk into address. Without becoming too technical and mechanical you should be able to find far more consistent strikes. 
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