BUTCH HARMON

Fast fix to hit more greens.

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents -

The big­gest mis­take golfers make from the fair­way is not tak­ing enough club. Whether it’s an ego thing or not know­ing their dis­tances, so many golfers are doomed to miss greens be­fore they step up to the ball.

How do you know if you’re guilty of tThAis?RTDhEe sFimOpRle NanOswWer is, you’re hit­ting the ball solid, and it’s com­ing up short. But more likely, you’re swing­ing out of con­trol, be­cause you sub­con­sciously know you don’t have the right stick.With the longer clubs, try­ing to add power usu­ally means a fat shot.You rush the down­swing and never get your weight to your front side, so you crash into the ground be­hind the ball.Take an ex­tra club, and fo­cus on shift­ing your lower body to­wards the tar­get to start the down­swing.

For short irons and wedges, you might find it eas­ier to catch the ball solid, but you’re still miss­ing the green. With those clubs, weight shift is less of an is­sue. It’s more about the arms and shoul­ders go­ing too hard at the ball, which throws the club onto an out-to-in path.That typ­i­cally re­sults in a pull. Go eas­ier from the top, and feel the club fall­ing to the in­side com­ing down.

So the next time you’re pick­ing a club from the fair­way, ask your­self, Should I take one more? I bet the an­swer is ob­vi­ous. —with peter mor­rice Butch Harmon is a Golf Digest Teach­ing Pro­fes­sional.

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