Do you hit your irons fat? Think like a hockey player
November 04, 2011
1 of 6Lou Capozzola/SI
If you... HIT YOUR IRONS FAT
You're ... hanging back on your right side at impact. You know you're guilty of this error if your upper body is leaning away from the target in your finish.
By Brady Riggs
with David DeNunzio
The key to a slapshot in hockey is the footwork and as goal-scoring phenom Alex Ovechkin demonstrates here an incredible shift of weight toward the target. Ovechkin's weight shift is so severe that he ends up standing on only his front skate all of his weight has shifted to his target-side foot. If he hung back, he'd catch the ice, not the puck. Hitting crisp iron shots requires the same movement, with weight on the front foot at impact that stays there into the finish.
2 of 6Bob Atkins
Failing to shift your weight to your left foot on your downswing is a surefire way to hit the ground before the ball.
3 of 6Bob Atkins
A balanced finish position with weight over your left foot never goes out of style once you have it, you'll never have to worry about catching shots fat.
4 of 6Bob Atkins
HOW TO STRIKE THE BALL, NOT THE GROUND
Grab a tee marker and place it under your right foot at address. The marker is there to remind you to shift your weight forward during your downswing.
5 of 6Bob Atkins
Make your everyday backswing, but on the way back down, push off the tee marker with your right foot and get your weight moving toward the heel on your left foot.
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Exaggerate it to the point where you lift your right foot off the ground as you swing into your follow-through and finish. When you're on the course, picture the tee marker in your mind to remind you to make the needed shift in weight so you don't hang back and catch the ball fat.
THIS DRILL ALSO FIXES: Thin shots, slices, poor wedge shots
Have a rigid swing? Think like a football linebacker
Are you short off the tee? Think like a baseball pitcher
Are you an inconsistent ballstriker? Think like a football quarterback
Are you a slicer? Think like a baseball batter
Do you hit topped or thin shots? Think like a tennis player
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