SHIFT FORWARD, SWING OUT RIGHT
Hitting a big, high draw off the tee is the ultimate playah shot that says you know what you’re doing. The physics of it are pretty simple: Swing out to the right of your target with the clubface rotating closed through impact. To set that up, drop your back foot 10 centimetres away from the target and pull it to the inside, closing your stance. That’ll set your path to the right.
For the swing, imagine you’re hitting a topspin forehand in tennis, where you swing low to high with your arms rotating the club over – that closes the clubface. The ball’s on a tee, so you don’t have to worry about getting it in the air. Make a full windup (left), then start down with your front knee shifting towards the target. If you let your lower body lead the downswing, the club will drop to the inside. Then you can extend your arms out to the ball and smash it.
BY BRANDT SNEDEKER AND BUTCH HARMON We’ve all seen players who have an amazing knack for hitting a certain kind of shot. For us, it might be Dustin Johnson ripping a drive looking like he’s in second gear. Or Freddie Couples hitting one of his full-swing bunker shots that floats out and stops dead.You sit there thinking, Man, that’s sweet. I
need to get that shot. For you, it might be one of your regular golf pals who hits that cool (fill in the blank) shot whenever he needs it.What’s great about golf is, a lot of these shots are within your reach.With a little know-how and some practice, they can be your shots, too. Here are five we’re pretty sure you’d love to stick in your bag. —WITH PETER MORRICE