Steep vs Shallow - Drills and Cures

Steep vs Shallow - Drills and Cures
Created on 6/1/2009 12:30:00 PM


Drills and Cures

   
 

DRILL
FROM A SIDEHILL LIE

Hit shots from a lie where the ball is above your feet, like on the side of a fairway mogul. To make a solid strike from this lie, you have to flatten your swing. Here's a good image: Look at Trevor Immelman's backswing. His left arm is no higher than his shoulder plane. For a flatter swing, copy his move going back.

 

DRILL
EXTEND YOUR LEFT ARM

Greg Norman sets up a shallow path into the ball with a wide takeaway. To feel this same width, practice taking the club back with your left arm only, reaching as far away from your body as you can. Then grip the club with your right hand. This is the width you want to start down with into the ball.

 

DRILL
FLATTEN YOUR DOWNSWING

Just like the start of Jim Furyk's downswing, where he loops the club well to the inside, your goal is to pull the grip end of the club down toward the ball. This will flatten the shaft plane as you approach impact. Bumping your lead hip toward the target at the beginning of the downswing will help you make this shallowing move.

 
 

SLICE CURES
A steep downswing often leads to the dreaded banana ball because it's easy to leave the clubface open in relation to your path. Here are a few adjustments you can make to help square the face and straighten your slice.

  1. Strengthen your grip. The creases between both of your thumbs and forefingers should be parallel to each other and point toward your right shoulder at address.
  2. Bow your left wrist at the top of the swing. Conversely, your right wrist should be cupped, or bent back.
  3. Swing like you're trying to hit a baseball that's only a foot or so off the ground. This will give you a feeling of swinging around your body.



Golf Digest June 2009

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