One move to better accuracy
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.