This story is for you if...
• Your shots never feel solid
• You want to shape shots right or left on purpose
• You want to stop unintended
You're curving the ball all over the place, hitting a lot of weak fades and vicious duck hooks.
For a single range session, forget mechanics and use the image of a clock face to guide your club and clubface into perfect position to hit straight shots or curve them when you want.
Swing from 7:00 to 1:00
Picture a clock on the ground, with your feet straddling the "9" at 9:00 and the ball sitting in the center of the clock face. Deliver the clubhead on a path that swipes across the 7, travels through the ball in the center of the clock and exits the hitting area over the 1. That's a perfect inside-out path. (If you slice, your swing travels from 5:00 to 11:00. On the same path, if you shut the clubface, you hit a snap hook.)
HIT THE SWEET SPOT
Swing the shaft to 2:00
Imagine a clock off to your right with the center of the face even with your shoulders. Make a full backswing, hold it and check what part of the clock the shaft crosses. Click here for more details
Change times to shape shots
Picture the same clock as above, but this time it's off to your left. Try to swing your hands up to 10:30. From this position you can control the curve of your shots by changing the angle of the clubface. Click here for more details
Pick the hour to hit the right distance
The length of your backswing determines how far the ball will go. Use the right side of a clock as your distance guide.
Imagine that you're standing in the middle of the clock face and that your left arm is the hour hand, pointing to 6:00 at address. If you need to get the full distance out of the club in your hand, swing your left arm back until it points to 10:30. Stop at 9:00 to cut roughly 25 percent of the full distance of the club. For example, if you hit a full-on 7-iron 160 yards, stopping at 9:00 produces a 120-yard shot. Picturing your arm as the hour hand also teaches you to keep it straight so you can increase the width of your swing and create more power.