Why’d I Do That?

You blow a drive dead right into the next fair­way

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Play -

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

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