Alter your setup for shot control
By Jeff Yurkiewicz
1. DRILL: TURN YOUR BACK TO THE TARGET
Here’s a drill that will help you hit a big sweeping hook. First aim the clubface down the target line. From there, make sure your upper body is parallel to the target line. Now turn your lower body 45° closed. The reason you do this is to stop your left side from turning through the shot. That will force you to release the golf club.
Another key factor to consider is ball position. Place it just in front of your left toe, so it’s actually in the center of your body, opposite your shirt buttons. The result from such an extreme setup? A big, sweeping hook that’ll teach you how to release the clubhead! Now, take that feeling and apply it to less extreme shots.
2. SLIGHT DRAW/SLIGHT FADE
In the left and right photos, I’m demonstrating how to hit a slight fade and draw. (In the middle, I’m demonstrating how to hit a straight shot.) Basically, the same rules apply whether you want to hit a draw or a fade—all you have to do is the opposite to produce the desired result. First notice how my clubface is aiming straight down the line at the target and how my body lines (feet, waist, shoulders) are aiming either slightly to the left or right. From there, I swing along my body lines. I keep my clubface where it is but swing as if I’m hitting the ball to the left or right. This starts the ball out to the left or right and then, because the clubface is aiming straight, brings the ball back on that line. Nothing fancy here, just a sound setup that produces a curving ballflight.
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