Keep the ball on line

Golf Australia - - IN MY OPINION -

A high-launch swing means cre­at­ing an im­pact very late in the swing’s arc. This tech­nique is in dan­ger of cre­at­ing a pull. Here’s why, and what you can do about it.

AD­JUST YOUR AIM When­ever you choose to go for the big drive – ball fur­ther for­ward and teed higher – close your stance slightly to al­low for this later hit. Aim feet, hips and shoul­ders around 10 yards right of your tar­get (right-han­ders). The later, out-to-in im­pact will can­cel out this new align­ment.

WHY LATE EQUALS A PULL Pic­ture the swing as a per­fect in­clined cir­cle. The club only trav­els down the tar­get line at the base of its arc. On the way down it moves in-to-out, and as it rises it moves back to the in­side. To achieve high launch we catch the ball well af­ter the base of the arc, the club swing­ing back to the left.

KEEP THE AT­TACK SHAL­LOW Pic­ture a line par­al­lel to the driver’s shaft six inches or so above it. This line broadly rep­re­sents the plane of your swing. Aim to de­liver the club to the ball with its shaft be­low the line. Keep­ing your at­tack shal­low like this guards against com­ing over the top and pulling the ball.

TAR­GET THE IN­NER QUAD­RANT Be­fore the round starts, draw crosshairs on your ball. When you’re go­ing for the big one, aim the cross square to your tar­get line, tilted up so you can see it. Aim to strike the in­ner, lower quad­rant. This sim­ple in­ten­tion helps you keep the club be­hind you for longer, coun­ter­ing the pull.

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