Why’d I Do That?
You blow a drive dead right into the next fairway
ou’re playing along ne when suddenly a tee shot gets away from you. High and right, into the adjacent fairway.And there’s a group there.You yell “Fore!” (yes, you have to), then go over and try to be clever:“Can I borrow your fairway?” Of course, you have to play a shot in front of them, the worst part. A high-right tee ball usually comes when you fear going left. Or you’re trying too hard to drive it straight. Either way, you tighten up. Your hands and arms don’t catch
Yup to your body on the downswing, and the clubface points right at impact.The mechanical mistake is, you turn your body too fast coming down, or your lower body slides ahead, causing a severe in-to-out path to go with that wide-open face.
You need replacement thinking. Aim at an object along your intended line – a tree or bunker in the distance. Step into the shot from behind the ball so you get a good look at your target line.Waggle the club to get the tension out, then focus on making a free swing to your target. We forget how talented – and how wild a driver – Seve Ballesteros was, even in his prime. In the second round of the 1980 Masters, his tee shot on 17 was so far off line, it found the seventh green. As Dan Jenkins noted, it was “roughly the equivalent of aiming at Kansas from New York and hitting Mississippi.” Seve hit a towering shot over the trees to 15 feet, sank the birdie and two days later won his first Masters. Jim McLean