Monday, March 5, 2012

The Correct Way To Practice Golf Errors

"The Correct Way To Practice Golf Errors"
By Sean & Stef Mysel

As a golf instructor, you engage in many different types of discussions with golfers about their game.  As Hank Haney has said in many of his books, 90% of players slice the ball and that's where many of my conversations lead me.  The fascinating part about this problem is how golfers go about trying to solve their banana ball issues.  You hear them say it's their set up, they are too fast or it's the clubs, all of which may have a part to play.  All I know is a slice is caused by a open clubface typically on a swing plane that's very steep.  So how do we get that slice to turn into something else.  Well, I teach golfers to try and hit the opposite shot which of course is a hook.

One of the things I found is students feel more empowered when they can actually feel each shot.  For instance, the slicer may have a weak grip position while strangling the club in terms of grip pressure.  They may have terrific body rotation, but their timing is way off with the start of their hands.  His or her swing plane starts off great but then gets steepened as they finish their back swing.  To counteract this, explain to your students that we need to rotate our hands to a stronger position, hold the club a bit lighter, let's swing the club too far inside and produce that hook so we can then find our happy medium.  Here's a check list I go through:

1)  Check grip (yes, it's boring but it's important)

2)  Ask about grip pressure, too much pressure restricts the closing of the club face

3)  Check set up, are we too open, too closed or just right

4)  Swing plane, are we getting too steep into the ball causing our face to open and hitting off trajectory shots

5)  Club path, are we helping the slice along by swinging too far to the outside?

Whatever my student is doing at the time, I make them do the exact opposite and work on producing different results.  It's much like Einstein said, "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction"