Thursday, February 22, 2007

Use this tee drill to escape sand

Your slower swing does have its advantages—it helps you keep the ball in play while others are searching in the woods. But when blasting out of the sand, especially heavy sand, you need to find a way to create more momentum than usual. The best way to do it is to transfer your weight through the ball and finish your swing. Remember: Hitting past the ball is just as important as hitting behind it.

Stare down your chips

Get a feel for the grass

The behavior of your chip will depend largely on how thick the rough is. Crouch down and run your hand across the grass near the ball, feeling how far down your clubhead will have to travel to contact the ball solidly. Next, take some practice swings next to the ball and feel how much resistance the grass provides. If it feels like it's grabbing the clubhead more than you expect, plan on making a longer, firmer swing.

Keep your "Y" intact

Raise your left shoulder to beat a slice

Move the ball back

Ride your shoulder high

Drill: Point the shaft outside the ball Here's an effective drill to stop dipping for good. Take your normal address position with a driver, holding the shaft across your chest with both hands so that the grip end points toward your target. Now hold the shaft in place and make a backswing, turning your left shoulder behind the ball. At the completion of this backswing the grip end of the club should point at the ball, indicating your left shoulder is staying high. If it points well inside the ball, you dipped your left shoulder. Make a few more backswings and try to get the grip to point well outside the ball. This exaggeration of a flatter shoulder turn will help to ingrain the correct motion.

Stop swaying to plug your power leak

Flare your foot on tee shots

Square your foot for short irons

Get in sync with your driver

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