LONG-DIS­TANCE RE­LA­TION­SHIP

Are you get­ting along with your fair­way woods? Try my keys

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents - By J B Holmes

Are you get­ting along with your fair­way woods?

Iknow a lot of amateurs lower their ex­pec­ta­tions on ap­proach shots from 200-plus me­tres. Granted, your odds of hit­ting a green from out there are never great, but my ad­vice on fair­way woods will help. Start with this drill: Prac­tice mak­ing con­trolled swings that al­low you to nish in bal­ance like I am here. That’s the tempo you want. Treat it like you were swing­ing an iron to a speci c dis­tance. If a shot is too long for a 7-iron, you hit a 6. Same think­ing here: Ev­ery fair­way wood has a dis­tance limit. Don’t try to stretch it. - With Ron Kaspriske

“To hit a cut, set up with your feet and shoul­ders open.”

GO LEFT TO RIGHT FOR CON­SIS­TENCY

Ilike to fade or cut the ball, which I rec­om­mend for you be­cause mak­ing a swing that curves a shot left to right seems eas­ier to re­peat for most golfers. It also will help you hit the ball higher, which comes in handy on long shots over ob­sta­cles like bunkers or wa­ter.

To hit a cut, set up with your feet and shoul­ders open, or aligned left of your tar­get. Then make a swing where your body ro­tates signi cantly to­wards the tar­get be­fore the club reaches the ball. I can’t em­pha­sise this enough: Keep turn­ing all the way to the nish. If your body stops and your arms and club keep swing­ing, you’ll hit it dead left.

JB Holmes has four wins on the PGA Tour, in­clud­ing the 2015 Shell Hous­ton Open.

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