How to fix bad golf shots

Definitions and Fixes

Topped shots.

Topped shots are caused by hitting the ball above its equator.
Tee your drives so that one-half of the ball is visible above the clubhead.
Tee the ball inside the left heel. Stand more upright if you find yourself
crouching too much at address. Too much crouch in the set up will cause you to
compensate by jerking your head up on the downswing and topping the shot.
Trying to ‘overpower’ the shot sometimes causes the head to lift at impact.
Center the swing around your head and concentrate on a smooth, relaxed swing.

Fat Shots.

Let’s make things simple: if you’re hitting fat shots, your swing is
bottoming out too early. The golf swing is essentially U-shaped and the bottom
of your U is occurring before the ball, causing you to hit the ground first.
You’re chunking it. Chili-dipping it. Laying the sod over it. Hitting the big
ball before the little ball. (The big ball is Mother Earth, by the way.)
Tour pros’ swings are exactly the opposite. Their swings bottom out after the
ball. They hit the ball first as the clubhead is descending, then take a shallow
divot.
Here’s a drill to help you do the same:

on the practice tee, put a tee in the
ground an inch or an inch and a half in front of the ball.
Sink it into the ground about as deeply as you would if you were teeing up a
4-iron on a long par 3.
When you swing, your goal is to hit the ball and knock the tee out of the
ground. With some practice, you’ll soon be hitting the ball first and then
taking a shallow divot. You’ll strike the ball much more crisply and solidly,
and notice dramatic improvements in both distance and accuracy.

Skying the Ball.

The ‘pop fly’ of golf. The ‘skied’ shot flies high into the
air because the clubhead contacts the ball’s center. Skied drives are often
caused by teeing the ball too high.  Correct by teeing so that one-half of the
ball is visible above the clubhead.
Start back ‘low and slow’ with good extension away from the ball. Center the
swing around the head. Avoid lifting the head and chopping down on the ball.
Point your chin at the ball.
With skied short irons, check your grip. Try strengthening your grip a bit by
rotating your hands ‘clockwise’. Move your hands ahead of the ball in the setup
and lead with your hands through the impact zone.
Position the ball more to the center of your stance, 2″ to 3″ inside your left
heel.

*—————–HOT TIP——————*
How far should you stand from the ball?   Take your regular left hand grip.
Hold the club straight out.  Slowly lower to the ground.  There you go.  Set up
to shoot.  You should have no more than a fist and a half between the end of the
club and your body. Feel uncomfortable?  GOOD!!  You know it must be right.
*—————–HOT TIP——————*

My tip has to do with feeling how
much your grip can be loose and still hit the ball a long way. I still have
trouble breaking an old habit of a very tight grip.

I used a very deep snow bank in the winter time. Just keep loosening your grip
and swing into the snow bank or sand.  You will be very surprised at how loose
it can be, because the force of the swing moves the snow or sand.
You need a loose grip and wrists and forearms so you can speed up your swing
without really trying.

Greens and fairways,

Craig

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