Learn to do the op­po­site

The Signal - - SCV VETERANS - with Hans Ker­st­ing

Ispend a lot of time with my stu­dents on teach­ing them to un­der­stand ball flight. For ex­am­ple, what are some causes that make a ball fly high and to the right, or what are some causes that make a ball fly low and to the left?

These are im­por­tant things to un­der­stand, and this un­der­stand­ing will make it eas­ier for you to make the proper ad­just­ments in your game.

I’ve found that the best way to cure a com­mon prob­lem with your ball flight is to learn to do the op­po­site. If my stu­dent is hit­ting the ball high and to the right, we prac­tice learn­ing to hit the ball low and to the left.

If my stu­dent hits big slices, we work on learn­ing how to hit big hooks. It’s not quite as easy as it may sound, but you should get the idea.

When work­ing on ball flight, it is im­por­tant to pay at­ten­tion to the po­si­tion of your club head as it strikes the golf ball. Most play­ers strike the ball with a club head that is slightly open, thus caus­ing a high slice.

When this is the case, we fo­cus on try­ing to feel the club head turn­ing down and de-loft­ing the club at the mo­ment of im­pact. Rather than spend so much time fo­cus­ing on swing­ing the club dif­fer­ently, I in­stead try to get my stu­dents to es­tab­lish bet­ter feel in their hands by rec­og­niz­ing the club face an­gle as they strike the ball.

Gen­er­ally, these ini­tial shots are hit at a very slow swing speed to help in­cor­po­rate that feel.

Jack Nick­laus once said that the hard­est shot to hit is a straight shot.

Most play­ers are al­ways work­ing on hit­ting the ball straight. I en­cour­age you all to work on learn­ing to get your golf ball to turn one way or another.

Once you learn to curve your ball to the right, then try to curve your ball to the left. Your hands will de­velop tremen­dous feel, and you will en­joy the chal­lenge of prac­tic­ing this ex­er­cise.

Have fun.

When work­ing on ball flight, it is im­por­tant to pay at­ten­tion to the po­si­tion of your club head as it strikes

the golf ball.

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