SHIFT FOR­WARD, SWING OUT RIGHT

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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

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