Lesson 16 How to cure a slice,hook,shank, and not looking up

LESSON 16 : Slice, Shank, Hook, Looking up, winning:

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Providing you have been taking the time to study the lessons the problems like shank, slice, hook, should not be part of your game, however most of the questions we are receiving are related to the elements of your game that are still going wrong.
We have stressed it does take time; you need to be dedicated, committed to understanding each key element, mechanics, and philosophy.
Visualize each element in your mind, take one step at a time to improve or rebuild your game, start with the elements of you game that are costing you the most shots, which may be the macho aggressive drives, short game or three putting.
Golf is a mind game, you first teach your mind and muscle memory, for example to achieve distance you automatically think hit hard NO the only way you can hit long and straight is with balance, tempo, rhythm combined the correct mechanics of golf and practice for hours to perfect a smooth repeatable swing.
Then no need to change your swing you just change your club and know the exact distance you can hit with that club, then you are on you way to being a top player.
You will find that we do repeat all the key elements of golf, over and over until they become part of your game, they are second nature.
Because golf calls for a completely new mind set, your mind and body are saying I must hit this ball as hard and as fast as I can, then look up quickly to see where it is going. You all know that that WILL NOT WORK yet you still do it. WHY? Because before you can play golf you MUST train your mind and body- create that muscle memory that keeps every thing in perfect harmony.
We are going to train you to think like a golfer play like a golfer. In cricket a block shot is fine and is part of the game- not in golf, a base ball swing is a different tempo to a golf swing.
We need you to read it over and over until it is firmly fixed in your mind, so you have confidence think positive, develop the will to win. And above all have the skill and talent to WIN —- We want winners.
And golf is unique: Why? Because all golfers stand on the tee with the opportunity to win, with the handicap in play you just need to step your game up by one notch and you will win
Looking up on the down swing:
This is the number one mistake that amateur golfers make.
Being to keen to see where your shot is going, you begin to look up during the down-swing and before the club-face makes
contact with the ball. This moves the body, which misaligns the swing path.
How do you overcome this problem?
During your pre-shot routine I place the ball on the tee will the logo lined up with the target.
At address you never freeze over the ball, you can waggle the club to shake the any tension from your arms take one last look at the target, visualize the shot in my mind, take the club back smooth and low in line with the target, make a full turn, start your down swing with a movement of your right hip, pull down with the left arm butt of your club pointing at the ball till below your belt, now fully focused on the point of impact, you actual can see the club make impact with the ball. You really can train your eyes to see your club impact with the ball, the club should still be in line and prior to impact on level to slightly up ward plane. Trust your swing and the loft on your club, but ensure you remain focused on impact with the ball.
Keep arms fully extended through impact, concentrate on a low follow-through.
With your own eyes you will see your club impact with the ball and leave the tee “Main objective is timing tempo, relaxed natural swing with light grip. Pull down with the left arm; do not let the strong right arm force the shot. DO NOT swing like a mad axe man,
Keep left side firm with left knee bent through impact. Swing through the ball, not at it. Make sure your arms fully extended through impact.
Rotate your wrists, hands hit through the ball in line with the target if you are battling with a lack of distance, one of the first things you should concentrate on is releasing your hands through the ball correctly. Make sure that your forearms are close together at impact, and after impact, your forearms should be crossed as you make your full follow through. This will ensure are not making a block shot it will help with the slice, and will do wonders for your distance. If you are losing balance then you are for sure swinging too hard and to fast.

Notice left arm straight, eye on the ball, hit through the ball not at the ball. Your divot should be the under te ball NOT before you reach the point of impact

Key Objectives:
Know what you want to do before you take the shot.
Always go through your pre-shot routine.
Take a practice swing push back low to the ground, take away in line with the target until pasted the outside of your right foot, allow your wrists to cock naturally keep your head still eyes fixed on the back of the ball left arm straight full turn, weight transferring from left to right, DO NOT LEAN your upper body turns square, start your down swing upper turn back pull down with the left arm, club returning on the same line reaching the point of impact exactly the same as it was at address.
With your practice swing check the divot, it should be 90% on the target side of the ball position; your club should only brush the ground before impact with the ball.
To achieve consistent solid contact with the ball you must ensure the ball is placed in the correct position related to your stance. That applies to all shots.
You need a high level of concentration as you prepare to take your shot. But just for a few seconds.
Do NOT freeze over the ball:
When you start your back swing relax and switch into relaxed happy mode try to move with the balance timing and rhythm of a good dancer. One –piece takeaway, push back with your left hand low and smooth in line with the target, turn fully, coil your upper body against the resistance of the lower body, keep the right knee flexed, left arm straight, complete the back swing, make a smooth transition, pull down with the left hand, butt pointing to the ball, open up your hips to the target on the down swing, keep your head still and behind the ball, hit through the ball, rotate your wrists, extend your arms towards the target, good transfer of weight and balance.
Develop feel; the club needs to feel just like an extension to your arms, Swing with rhythm- timing.
Important:
Throughout the swing your left hand remains in control push back with the left hand pull down with the left hand.
Do not allow your strong right hand to take control if you do you will never keep the ball straight
NEVER underestimate the importance of set up.
And pre-shot routine
Sure we would all like to emulate the pro swing. However Set-up first —- swing later.
Commitment, it takes self-discipline, time and determination to get it right.
Practice set up in front of a large mirror, or the reflection in the patio glass. In front of a mirror there will no be hazards or wind, but still train your mind to check every thing as you prepare for your shot.
Step up to the ball. Arms and club stretched out in front of you, slowly bend fore-ward from the hips until the club touches the ground behind the ball
Take your stance the width of your shoulders. Aligned to the target
Check your grip,
Do not grip the club too tight. Pressure =same as squeezing a tube of tooth paste.
Club-face-set square to the ball and in line with the target.
Club and hands must be taken back smoothly in one piece. Feel the club it is an extension of your arms.
Take the club back smoothly, low and in line with the target until it is past your right foot, then allow to arc up and around your body.
Make a full turn, left shoulder turning underneath your chin, left arm kept straight
With a good shoulder turn your wrists will cock naturally
The club must return on the same line, point of impact being exactly the same as it was that address, head still eyes focused on the ball, hit through the ball in line with the target, your wrists rotating, full follow through.
Your key objective is to maintain perfect balance smooth easy swing the weight transferring on the down swing from right to left, with the rhythm tempo and timing. IF YOU ARE LOSING YOUR BALANCE then you are swinging too hard and too fast
Objective to allow your upper body to turn, pushing the club back with the left arm low and in line with the target, weight transferring from left to right. DO NOT LEAN TURN SHOULDERS SQUARE, left arm straight a crossed your chest under you chin, allowing the wrists to cock naturally, at full turn your back should be to the target, the head of your club should be pointing to the target, your right thumb on the under side of your grip,
With one smooth movement start your down swing pulling down with the left arm body turning with timing, Do not allow your arms to get ahead of your body, you must return to point of impact exactly the same as you were at address, keep your head still eyes on the ball. Do not look up until after the ball has gone. Hit right through the ball your wrists turn right arm straight, keep the club going straight in line with the target, upper body turning; your belt buckle should now be pointing at the target, with your weight on the left foot.
It is a Macho thing to try and generate as much club head speed as possible, drive 280 yards. But believe me if that ball is not on the Fairway you WILL drop shots, hit out of bounds, lost ball, in the trees, in the water, in the hazard. That is rubbish golf. Play Tee to Fairway — Fairway to green.
(A slice is when your ball turns hard right.)
Reason: Out to in swing is putting spin on the ball.
Check your grip: and stance. Go through your pre-shot routine, line the logo on the ball up with the target. Make certain that the club-face is square and in line with the target. Objective: To return to club-face back to that exact position at impact.
Adjust your swing to ensure the club face is square at impact to achieve this, take the club back with the left hand in control, keep the club low in line with the target until outside your right foot try a smaller arc on the back swing; on the down swing focus on an in to out swing, DO NOT CAST THE CLUB OUT or your will pull the club from outside to in imparting spin on the ball. The club must return on the same path as your take away directly in line with the ball and target. To cure your slice keep your eye on the ball and aim to impact on the inside of the ball, keep left arm straight and in control pull down with the left arm do not force the shot timing tempo hit through the ball wrists rotating arms in line with the target – keep your head down until the ball is well on its way
If you are still slicing try dropping your right foot and shoulder back from the target, objective to develop more round the body swing.
Note:
Everything in the swing depends on fundamentals. Get the basics right at address this month we are featuring your complete guide to building (or re-building) a better game. Whether you’re new to golf or have played for years, you will score your best with a solid foundation.
Distance, long and straight you need to make impact with your club-head approaching the ball on a level to slightly-upward path. Trust the loft of the club to help launch the ball on the on the correct flight path and with the optimum amount of backspin.
Your club needs to return to point of impact in line with your target and level with the ground. That’s the angle of approach you must attain with your driver off the tee. If you swing down with your driver too steeply, making contact with a descending blow. You will send the ball sky high and no distance, and if you hit the ball too much on the upswing, chances are you will top the shot. Stay level through the swing.
Hook (Ball turning hard to the left)
First check you’re grip the Vs in each hand should point over your right shoulder (Assuming you are right handed)
If your grip is correct and you are still hooking then try changing your grip by moving both hands to the left.
Interlock Grip Overlap grip:

Left hand with the V - ready for interlock grip

Both hands fingers interlinked = the Interlock grip

Or you can use  the Vardon Grip. (Over lap) Which ever you find the most effective

Over lap grip

Finger over lapping

Always check your grip, as above.
The club is an extension of your arms, learn to feel the shot.
Grip not to tight – just like the same as squeezing a tube of tooth paste. Check you stance your feet and shoulder must be in line with your target. Go through your pre-shot routine, visualize your target. Keep that in mind; take one last look just before you start your back swing. Check the ball position it with your driver it needs be in line with your left heel and 32 ins away from your toes, if it is placed to far back in your stance it produces an in to out swing path. Pull down with the left arm; make sure your left arm is in control at impact, if your strong right wrist takes over it will close the club face too soon. On the down swing start by turning your upper body and legs this will prevent your wrists unhinging and closing the club-face to soon.
Key objective to return the club to the point of impact in line with the target, hit through the ball not at it, do not rotate the wrists to early, do not look up until the ball has gone. Hit through to ball in line with your target.
Golden rule timing balance rhythm, nice easy natural swing. DO NOT swing like a mad Lumpur jack
To keep your timing balance rhythm and tempo:
Say: Tee it high let it fly-that is the time it should take from start of back swing to impact with the ball. Keep that head down.
Everything in the swing depends on fundamentals. Get the basics right at address this month we are featuring your complete guide to building (or re-building) a better game. Whether you’re new to golf or have played for years, you will score your best with a solid foundation.
Distance, long and straight you need to make impact with your club-head approaching the ball on a level to slightly upward path.
Trust the loft of the club to help launch the ball on the correct trajectory and with the optimum amount of backspin.
Your club also needs to return to point of impact in line with your target and level with the ground. That’s the angle of approach you must attain with your driver off the tee. If you swing down with your driver too steeply, making contact with a descending blow. You will send the ball sky high and no distance, and if you hit the ball too much on the upswing, chances are you will top the shot. Stay level through the swing.
Our coaches have also noted a common fault:
They see many amateur golfers who have been playing for years who routinely press their hands forward and keeping them there at address. When asked why?
They reply “That’s how we were shown” Well it is not correct, pressing your hands in a forward position at address sets
up a number of problems including:
Being forced to “activate” your arms and hands during the
back-swing, which disconnecting your arms from the power of the core pivot
At address you should allow your arms to hang in-front of you naturally at mid-body and grip the club from there. This allows your arms to remain comfortable and relaxed which will make it easier to get the club started on plane. Any forcing of the hands forward (or any other way for that matter) only means a loss of power and some extra work to get your hands back into the correct position at impact.
To press the hand forward may seem to work, because over the years you have trained your hands to return to the correct position at impact.
But it is robbing you of power and distance.
This is why we teach you to allow your hand to hand naturally, waggle your club to release any tension in your arm, and make a controlled but natural swing that you can repeat every time.
(Do not swing like a robot)
This was a long lesson with lots to remember, why not print off the sections you need to work on, take it to the range with you and practice. There is practice (And there is meaningful practice) do not just blast balls down the range, work out a practice routine. Make sure that you include all aspects of your game. But for sure to spend 35% of your practice on the short game, 25% on putting, and 10% with your driver, 15% on long irons / fairway woods, 15% hazards, bunkers.
Also try to work on your fitness levels and your mind set.
Watch you diet – also drink plenty of water while playing, and have snacks like fruit , chocolate.
Read our previous lesson going prepared.
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