Do you hit topped or thin shots? Think like a tennis player
November 04, 2011
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If you... HIT TOPPED OR THIN SHOTS
You're ... bending your left elbow (chicken-winging) through impact.
By Brady Riggs
with David DeNunzio
If you caught any of the Grand Slam tournaments in tennis this year, you saw a lot of crushing, two-hand forehands from Rafael Nadal. If any tennis player allowed his left arm to chicken wing through impact, the ball would end up 30 rows up and to his right. The trick isn't to purposely straighten your left arm, but to extend your right arm and let your right forearm cross over your left. Do that and your left arm has no choice but to straighten and then fold so you can bring the club up into your finish. In tennis, this move gives you needed topspin; in golf it gives you draw spin.
2 of 4Bob Atkins
Too much left elbow fold.
3 of 4Bob Atkins
Make your release long and loose for purer conact.
4 of 4Bob Atkins
HOW TO STOP THIN SHOTS
An easy drill to feel these moves is to toss a bag of range balls (or an item of similar weight). Make a mock backswing, then try to toss the bag as far as you can straight out in front of you. You'll get the most distance when you swing your arms around your left shoulder and release the bag as your arms are pulled straight out toward the target by the force of your motion.
THIS DRILL ALSO FIXES: Slices and weak shots.
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