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Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life -

KEEP YOUR CEN­TRE.

High-hand­i­caps hit it fat and thin be­cause they sway dur­ing the swing. Prac­tise hit­ting balls with your feet to­gether. That’ll force you to stay cen­tred. If you con­trol your cen­tre, you con­trol the bot­tom of the swing – and that’s solid con­tact.

GET A HIGH LAUNCH.

I’d bet you’re com­ing into the ball steeply with your driver, which prob­a­bly means you set up over your front foot. You want to play the ball off your front shoul­der, but tilt your spine back. You’ll hit up on the ball for a pow­er­ful launch.

MASTER THE CHIP.

Don’t worry about the fancy green­side shots yet. Fo­cus on the sim­ple run­ning chip. Start with the ball back and the club­shaft lean­ing slightly for­ward. From there, just rock your shoul­ders back and forth. To hit it higher, use the same mo­tion with a more-lofted club.

EYES OVER THE BALL.

To make a straight-back, straight-through putting stroke, set your eyes over the ball and your hands un­der your shoul­ders. If your put­ter’s not cus­tom-fit, it’s likely too long. Take that setup, and see how it feels. You might need a new put­ter.

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