2012-07-13 / Sports

Weekly Golf Tips

Impact: Think about the shaft, not the ball.

This can be a new concept for most of us to grasp, but if you want to use the club properly and hit the ball flush, the bottom of your swing has to be in front of the ball. Your shaft should be leaning toward the target at impact, and the divot should start after you strike the ball. But if you’re focusing too hard on hitting the ball, your wrists can break down as you try to scoop it into the air.

Fix: It’s much easier to hit solid shots if you focus on the shaft of the club you are using: You want it pointing ahead of your body at impact. To help ingrain this move, stick a pencil or a long tee into the butt end of the club and practice chipping and pitching with the pencil or tee pointing ahead of your body through impact. Once that becomes easy, move up to full swings with the same idea. Have a good week – see you next week. - Joel Garyn

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