SEAN FO­LEY

One move to bet­ter ac­cu­racy

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents 6/15 - Sean Fo­ley teaches at Or­ange County Na­tional near Or­lando.

Use Hunter’s ball-strik­ing keys.

Over a three-week span on tour last year that in­cluded the WGC-Bridge­stone In­vi­ta­tional, the PGA Cham­pi­onship and The Bar­clays – three tough cour­ses – Hunter Ma­han hit 78.7 per­cent of the greens in reg­u­la­tion. That equates to four more greens per round than the field av­er­age in those events. That’s a big deal.

One thing that made Hunter so ac­cu­rate was that he has flex­ion in his left wrist at im­pact ( right). Flex­ion means bend­ing the wrist so the palm moves closer to the fore­arm. That’s the magic move that puts the club­face in po­si­tion to com­press the ball and con­trol the tra­jec­tory and dis­tance of the shot.

To in­cor­po­rate this into your swing, start prac­tis­ing it on 50me­tre wedge shots un­til the move feels rou­tine. Then you’re ready to take it on the course and start pep­per­ing the greens.

Hunter Ma­han has six wins on the PGA Tour, in­clud­ing the 2014 Bar­clays. The re­sult of flex­ion is the club­shaft will be lean­ing slightly to­wards the tar­get at im­pact. If the left wrist is in flex­ion at im­pact, you’ll be in po­si­tion to com­press an iron shot.

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