Lesson 18: Fade, draw, back spin,
This lesson has been written in response to members’ questions relating to elements of their game that cost them shots.
You may find that certain sections of this lesson have been covered in previous lessons. However as with most problems first you need to ensure that the fundamentals are correct. Sometimes that means needing to return to the basics.
Even top professionals find that bad habits creep back into their game, which is the reason why they have the world’s best coaches watching and analysing every element of their game.
If a pro has a bad round then you can be sure he that will be on the range with his coach at the earliest opportunity to correct the problems. Most of us can not afford a full-time coach so we need to accept that there is a need to continually monitor our game.
Video your swing and you will be surprised at what you see. We all believe our swing is fine and on the correct plane, until we go on to the 3D swing analyser or see a video of our swing. Ideally you can video a few holes on a practice round. Wow! You will not believe what you see. Not just your swing, but other changes that have taken place too, like your stance, posture or set up.
Which is why we continually say golf is a mind game, you need to focus and concentrate on every single shot.
When VJ Singh, the great Fijian, is giving a demonstration: “I only ever hit a draw or a fade when it is absolutely necessary and when it is the only shot that will land the ball on target.”His advice is whenever possible play a straight shot, taking all the elements in to account, like the wind, hazards, etc.
This Lessons covers:
1) How to play a fade.
2) How to hit a draw.
3) How to create back spin.
4) How to play a ball above your feet.
5) How to play a ball below your feet
6) Cure your slice
7) Cure your hook
8) Mind Game.
All of these need practice: We do not send tips on how to draw or fade the ball unless they have been specifically asked for, because with text alone it is near impossible to explain the required swing.
You need the advice of a really top golf coach, preferably one that can actually demonstrate the fade. So you can see at close hand how it is done.
Sorry to be negative on this but I would not wish to give you advice that may upset your current game.
How to fade the Ball:
Nice easy natural swing, keep your normal tempo and rhythm,
Open club Face
Place the ball forward in your stance.
Keep your left grip firm and your right grip light.
Take the club outside your normal line on the back swing
Grip down on the club, open the face a little, delay release of the forearms through impact
How to hit a draw:
To learn to draw the ball from just text instruction is hard, we can give you the theory, and you can video your swing to ensure you are swinging on an in-to-out path.
You need to set up for the draw.
Swing from the inside while contacting the ball with your club face 30% closed.
You can also select clubs which are designed to encourage the draw.
To improve on a single figure handicap from books is nearly impossible, and any changes to your natural swing need to be considered wisely.
You need the advice of a really top golf coach, preferably one that can actually demonstrate the draw so you can see at close hand how it is done.
With the chipping stroke, too many people try to sweep, or brush, the ball forward, much like they would in putting. Using this type of stroke means we are unable to achieve any degree of backspin. Therefore, you are not able to consistently control how much the ball will, or will not, roll.
In order to increase the amount of backspin on your chip shots, you must learn how to contact the back of the golf ball Immediately prior to brushing the ground. This will give you the feeling that you are attempting to hit the shot with a much lower trajectory than you normally do.
There is no rule or law that says a chip shot must fly high. However, most players attempt to get the ball to fly higher on this shot in order to slow down the amount of roll they get. In order to slow the roll on the ball, you simply need to learn the feel of applying backspin.
Think of a ping pong ball and how you would apply backspin on it. Then do the same thing with club face. Your hands will need to remain slightly ahead of the ball throughout the entire stroke in order to achieve success.
Try to feel as though you are knocking the ball slightly downward, rather than trying to lift it. You will soon see why it’s so easy to chip it close enough for a one-putt most of the time.
Ball above your feet:
When playing on a side slope with the ball above your feet. Take a wide stance which will ensure you have good solid balance. Grip down the shaft; stand a little closer to the ball. Take one or two practice swings to check balance, timing, rhythm, keep your swing pattern consistent, 1-2 nice and easy. Maintain your balance throughout the swing.
It is important that you check the line to your target, a ball above your feet will always turn left (imagine aircraft banking to the left) and the flight of your ball will be the same. Aim to the right of the flag / target to compensate.
Do not rush the shot, take the club back smooth and low in line with the target, and make sure your shoulders turn square.
DO NOT LEAN TO THE SIDE, keep your head still and eyes on the ball. Let the left arm be more in control of the shot – pull down with the left, turning the upper body, accelerate to the ball but with timing and rhythm. The club face should be square at impact. Hit right through the ball and do not look up until after the ball has gone.
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Ball below your feet:
When the ball is below your feet if you take your usual set up, the ball will always turn right, so aim left of your target.
Most high handicap players make the mistake of bending over to compensate for the ball being lower. DO NOT do that, you must maintain your normal posture, back straight, just bend your knees a little more.
Remember that difficult shots can be avoided by good course management. Always select your target and if you need to lay up then that’s what you should do. You would do so in order to avoid a bunker or water, so why would you put your ball on a sloping bank?
If you are on a practice round and not holding other players up, take two balls and play shots from difficult positions, then when you are in competition you will know the shot to play and have confidence in doing so.
Cure your Slice:
(A slice is when your ball turns hard right.)
Reason: An out-to-in swing is putting spin on the ball.
Solution: 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 clubface 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 you 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, pulling down with the left arm. Do not force the shot. Timing and tempo is key – 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, with the objective of developing a more “round the body” swing.
Note: Everything in the swing depends on fundamentals. Get the basics right at address.
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To hit the ball 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 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, you end up 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.
Cure a hook:
First check your 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 rotating both hands to the left.
Golden Rule: During your pre-shot routine you must learn to visualize the shot, in your mind you can see the target area; you see the flight path of the ball (trajectory). Do not have any negative thoughts. Stand over the shot with confidence and be positive.
Now all you need to do is trust your swing and your club selection, focus on balance, tempo, and rhythm.
Golfers with a strong mental game realize that the present is all that they can control. Learn to play in the present without dwelling on the bad shots. (Forget your bad shot straight away, it is over and done with. Focus on the next shot.)
Realize the power of just being in the moment with the full intention and expectation of playing a good shot. Once good players have gone through their pre-shot routines, they address the ball and concentrate.
For just 10 seconds, once they start the back-swing they switch to their natural swing – the one they use every time for that shot. They play on instinct and trust their subconscious or/muscle memories to make it happen for them.
Learning to play in the present, relying on instinct, requires time and effort. That is why experience is such a priceless commodity. Because when all else fails, the truth emerges from one’s experiences if you are honest with yourself.
By training your mind to play in the present, you can shorten the time required to experience the power of being free to play on instinct and in the zone. Unfortunately, many golfers never learn to stop dwelling on their past and future outcomes.
The trick to being in the present is to allow yourself to learn from the feedback each shot provides without your ego being involved in the outcome. By being honest about your present mechanical, strategic, physical and mental limitations, you will increase your awareness of what you can do to improve your present abilities. Then it becomes a question of how strong your desire is to make the necessary changes or adjustments to improve.
Only the lucky few are born with natural feel, balance and tempo, and even they need to know the correct mechanics of golf and practice for hours to perfect a smooth repeatable swing. Most high handicap players have two common faults; they swing too hard and look up before impact
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