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If anyone has ever given you hard time after skying a tee-shot with a comment like ‘I hope you brought your defroster’ then you’ll enjoy this next drill. Skied tee shots and chunks are often caused by the same swing fault — and over-the-top, steep downswing.  Since a large majority of the golfing population suffers from some degree of an over-the-top swing (from the simple pull, to the looping pull slice), we thought we’d share another great drill to combat this poor swing tendency and get your swing attacking the ball from a shallower path. Use the video below as a reference.  Simply setup to the ball as you normally would, and make practice swings over the ball.  This will help remove the tendency to lunge and attack the ball steeply on the downswing.  By making a few swings above the ball, you’ll begin to feel the proper sweeping motion into impact, that should greatly help improve your ball striking consistency and all but eliminate your skyed and chunked tee-shots.  The best part of this drill is you can employ it while you’re out paying a round on the course.  If your swing gets off track, give this drill a try. Good luck!

Many players suffer from fat shots. Instead of laying the sod over the ball, quite often you can get underneath the ball and pop it up, or sky it. The ultimate symptom that causes this swing fault is an overly steep swing into impact. As this video shows, the most common fault for such a steep swing is poor ball position. If the ball is placed too far back in your stance, you can’t properly sequence your downswing. Instead you’re forced to release your wrists early, and it becomes very easy to pop it up. The simple fix – keep a close eye on your ball position. One of the easiest ways to do this is to simply place a shaft on the ground, pointing at your ball – setup to the ball, and you’ll get instant feedback on your ball position in relation to your stance.

 


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Practice Swing Drill ~ Fix your Pop-Up and Skies!
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Problem: The player’s weight tends to remain on the front foot into the downswing.

Result:
The swing becomes extremely steep, and tends to travel out to in. Especially with woods, this problem tends to lead to a shot that goes extremely high, and doesn’t travel very far (pop-up).

The Drill: My father has always struggled with this type of swing path. He would routinely get underneath the ball when using his fairway woods. He has recently gotten rid of it through the help of using this drill.

On a side note: Check the height of your tee, the ball shouldn’t be teed up anymore than halfway above the face of your driver. Try the more obvious fixes before working on your swing changes guys.

A very important part of the swing that amateurs have a problem doing, is keeping their head behind the ball at impact. This means that if viewed from front on at impact, the head is well behind the ball. It comes natural if the weight is on the right side in the backswing, however if it isn’t it can lead to many problems… This drill will help you to keep your weight on the back foot during the first part of the downswing.

With your driver set up to a teed up ball, hover the club about six inches above the ball. Concentrate on keeping your head behind the ball at ‘impact’ as you make practice swings above the ball. Repeat this drill until you can routinely keep your head behind the ball at impact. Now setup to the ball and make a full swing, incorporating what you learned from this drill into the swing. You should see a drastic difference. This drill works well because it fixes two of the main causes of pop-ups in one motion. Swinging above the teed golf ball helps by flattening your swing path, and by keeping your head behind the ball you are getting rid of your tendency to get ahead of the ball at impact.

Give it a try!

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There is one major difference between the proper swing for a driver, and for an iron. That difference is the angle of attack. The angle of attack refers to the angle at which the club is coming at the ball into impact. For irons this angle should be steeper, as to help get the ball into the air with lots of spin. With the driver however, the angle of attack should be very shallow, as the club is designed to sweep the ball off a tee. Read More →