Golf Monthly - - Contents - MICHAEL HAR­RIS EDI­TOR michael.har­

At any point in time I’d es­ti­mate there are be­tween one and three things go­ing quite badly wrong with my golf game. These aren’t skills that I have yet to mas­ter in 30 years of play­ing the game – that’s a dis­cus­sion for another day – but rather faults that have crept in over time and are now caus­ing sig­nif­i­cant is­sues.

Go­ing on yes­ter­day’s round my prob­lems are as fol­lows: the high, wafty block off the tee with the driver, iron strik­ing (all irons) and any shot from 100 yards and in re­quir­ing more loft than an 8-iron. On the up­side, I’m cur­rently happy with my hy­brid play, bump-and-run shots and putting, but un­less I’m play­ing a short links course then I’m prob­a­bly get­ting .1 back.

The re­al­ity is no mat­ter how ac­com­plished a player you are, faults creep into ev­ery­one’s game from time to time. If left unchecked, they can be­come ma­jor is­sues. In­deed, faults are of­ten ex­ac­er­bated by golfers mak­ing com­pen­satory ad­just­ments rather than ad­dress­ing the root cause and in do­ing so ac­tu­ally groov­ing the prob­lem. Trust me, I speak from ex­pe­ri­ence in these mat­ters.

To help you nip faults in the bud, we have pro­duced a spe­cial ‘Fault Fixer’ sup­ple­ment in as­so­ci­a­tion with Ping that will help you get your game back on track fast. From set-up to strat­egy, Golf Monthly Top 25 Coach Bar­ney Puttick of­fers tips and ad­vice that will help you un­der­stand what you’re do­ing wrong and then learn the cor­rect tech­nique. In ad­di­tion to the sup­ple­ment, we have also pro­duced 20 videos on the core faults. You can view these on the Golf Monthly web­site or YouTube chan­nel.

Else­where in the is­sue, Bill El­liott re­flects on a quite mag­nif­i­cent Open Cham­pi­onship at Royal Troon, we have an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with Cham­pion Golfer Hen­rik Sten­son, Justin Rose tells us about his pride and ex­cite­ment at rep­re­sent­ing GB in the forth­com­ing Olympics and Padraig Har­ring­ton gives us a tour around his house.

Right, I’m off to fix some of those faults. I may be gone for some time.

See be­tween pages for your spe­cial pull­out sup­ple­ment

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