Fast Fix to Hit More Greens.
The biggest mistake golfers make from the fairway is not taking enough club. Whether it’s an ego thing or not knowing their distances, so many golfers are doomed to miss greens before they step up to the ball.
How do you know if you’re guilty of this? The simple answer is, you’re hitting the ball solid, and it’s coming up short. But more likely, you’re swinging out of control, because you subconsciously know you don’t have the right stick. With the longer clubs, trying to add power usually means a fat shot. You rush the downswing and never get your weight to your front side, so you crash into the ground behind the ball. Take an extra club, and focus on shifting your lower body toward the target to start the downswing.
For short irons and wedges, you might find it easier to catch the ball solid, but you’re still missing the green. With those clubs, weight shift is less of an issue. It’s more about the arms and shoulders going too hard at the ball, which throws the club onto an out-to-in path. That typically results in a pull. Go easier from the top, and feel the club falling to the inside coming down.
So the next time you’re picking a club from the fairway, ask yourself, Should I take one more? I bet the answer is obvious.
Butch Harmon is a Golf Digest Teaching Professional. His charity is Harmon’s Heroes.