The an­swer is to keep your body and arms in sync

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Beat blocks and hooks by synch­ing up your swing.

Com­men­ta­tors analysing tour pros have a phrase they use to de­scribe a cer­tain good-player mis­take: They call it “get­ting stuck.” It’s a colour­ful term, but I’m not sure if reg­u­lar golfers – like those I go back and forth with on Twit­ter – know what it means.

The eas­i­est way to pic­ture it is to com­pare it to the op­po­site prob­lem: a slicer com­ing over the top. In that move, the player swings the club down from the out­side on a steep an­gle. Get­ting stuck is com­ing from too far in­side and be­hind the body. The up­per body ob­structs or in­ter­feres with the club’s path to the ball.

The most com­mon rea­son play­ers get stuck is, they don’t keep the arms and club in front of the chest as they turn back and through. When the club trails the up­per body on the way down, the hands have to ip the club­head over to re­cover. Hello, hook.

If that player tries to make a big body turn through to com­pen­sate, the club gets even more stuck. That’s of­ten a block.

If you can keep the same re­la­tion­ship be­tween your up­per body, arms and the club from ad­dress through im­pact, you’ll be able to swing fast and free.

ALL TO­GETHER Main­tain the re­la­tion­ship be­tween your hands and chest as you go back and through.

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