Higher equals straighter

The Signal - - GOLF - with Hans Ker­st­ing

Iwatch play­ers ev­ery day throw­ing down align­ment sticks to check their aim while prac­tic­ing on the range. It’s a great idea. Any­body who plays the game rec­og­nizes the im­por­tance of align­ment. What drives me crazy, how­ever, is when I wit­ness play­ers scratch­ing their heads af­ter each shot that strays too far left or right of their in­tended tar­get.

Some­times the ball hooks, while other times it slices. Bet­ter play­ers pre­fer the terms draw and fade, but you get the idea.

If you fall un­der the cat­e­gory of a player who is con­stantly work­ing on hit­ting the ball straighter, get rid of the align­ment stick and try a new ap­proach.

I like for my play­ers to work on hit­ting their golf ball higher to also hit the ball straighter. Of­ten, play­ers are so con­cerned with hit­ting the ball straight that they are sim­ply out of po­si­tion at the mo­ment of im­pact with the ball.

In other words, their pos­ture and bal­ance has shifted too much by the time they get back to strik­ing the ball. I have found that play­ers tend to stay in a much bet­ter po­si­tion as they fo­cus in­stead on hit­ting the ball higher.

Play­ers who fo­cus on hit­ting the ball higher tend to im­prove in two key ar­eas of the golf swing.

Gen­er­ally, their pos­ture im­proves be­cause they pay closer at­ten­tion to the an­gle in their shoul­ders. In ad­di­tion, I al­ways no­tice a huge im­prove­ment in their tran­si­tion lead­ing into their down­swing.

The tran­si­tion is that mo­ment when a player com­pletes their back­swing and be­gins their down­swing.

Play­ers who are overly con­cerned with hit­ting the ball straight tend to rush their tran­si­tion, while play­ers who are more con­cerned with hit­ting their ball higher tend to have a much more fluid tran­si­tion.

In or­der to hit the ball higher, you must do a bet­ter job of stay­ing be­hind the ball as you strike it, and this does won­ders for a play­ers’ rhythm.

The next time you prac­tice, spend some time fo­cus­ing on hit­ting your golf ball higher. You’ll be amazed at how straight your ball will be­gin to fly.

If you fall un­der the cat­e­gory of a player

who is con­stantly work­ing on hit­ting the ball straighter, get rid of the align­ment stick and try a new ap­proach.

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