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The most extreme form of the draw, a duck-hook, is a full-swing shot, is not topped, and obviously has forward topspin to do what it does. Obviously the straightest possible shots have the least spin of any kind.
Chances are, if you play your regular game, you won't be on many greens in regulation. I don't agree with blasting it off the tee. Practice your short game extra hard so that you can pull off more up-and-downs from 50 yards in.
Depends on the situation. As noted above, chipping and putting are alternatives depending on what is front of the green. I will only hit down on it hard if it's a relatively long pitch. For short, delicate pitches, I play the ball in mid stance and try to slide a 60 degree wedge with minimal bounce under the ball. This last shot is difficult and requires concentration, good technique, and a very modest backswing. And lots of practice.
On the driving range, most golfers are hitting multiple shots with a given club and tend to get better as the swing gets grooved for that club. One drill I do toward the end of practice is to pretend that I am playing holes. So I hit driver, then 5 iron, then pitching wedge. Next hole, driver, 5 wood, 9 iron. Next hole 6 iron, lob wedge. And so on. Constantly changing clubs puts more pressure on your swings because, no matter what people might say or think, the swing is...
I would go one better than the previous post. Keep your right arm glued to your side through the backswing. If you do that, it's almost impossible to come over the top.
Keep your right arm glued to your side through the backswing. If you do that, it is virtually impossible to come over the top.
Suggest you read "The Fine Green Line" by a writer jock who spent a year preparing for Q school. The advice he got from a pro teacher was that a year of dedicated practice might lower his low handicap by about a point. Good luck!
Golf is a two dimensional game, requiring both distance and lateral accuracy. Everybody should routinely use the shot shape which they can hit most consistently. For most pros and amateurs, that just happens to be a fade. There is no point in being an extra 15-20 yards out of bounds, in the woods, or in a sand trap. Any pro can give up 10-20 yards in distance if it comes with a commensurate increase in consistent accuracy and still remain in the hunt.
Here is another way to think about this problem. To shoot bogey golf (90 for par 72), you cannot hit more than 1 bad shot per hole (and that shot can't be so bad that multiple strokes are need for recovery). So a bogey golfer hits 72/90 or 80% good shots. You have to be good to be a bogey golfer. To shoot 80 requires a golfer to hit 72/80 or 90% good shots. Someone who can break 80 regularly is a very good golfer. And it is a lot harder to go from 90 to 80 than it is to go...
This was a good reference. It explains the theory behind plumb bobbing and the biggest potential problem, namely that the observer may not be vertical if standing on a slope. Best way to limit this problem is to kneel down so that you are closer to the ground. A prior post states what should be obvious, namely that you have to hold the putter so that it hangs true vertical. Lastly, the technique does not tell you how much the putt breaks, only whether or not there is a...
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