Re: "Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf" by Ben Hogan
Originally Posted by alansmithdc
Another natural tendency I'm beginning to work on that seems to make a difference, is not to rush the swing in order to hit the ball harder. Achieving a smooth tempo has helped when i can do it. HArdest club for me to get tempo under control -- Driver, followed by woods.
Like Hogan, I fight the hook.
Yet another tendency I have is to come too far inside, too soon with the backswing. To change this, I'm working on elongating my backswing width. But my hook problem is severe enough that it has also required another compensation for now: bringing the (toed out) left foot back an inch to (what seems to me to be) an ever so slightly open stance.
I'm trying to hit a fade right now (again against my natural urge), so I can straighten out my "draw on steroids" hook.
I have the unfortunate draw that mostly begins on the target line and curves far too far left into a hook. Which cost me a lot of shots last round. I've tried to adjust the alignment, but I think, lack of width in the backswing has been the main culprit.
Would love to practice somewhere I can actually see divots — can't on a mat.
Maybe on the course I will mark either side of my ball with a tee or pennies of something so I can see the divot alignment, and the position of the divot, vis-a-vis where the ball was, to check that it's coming after the ball (closer to the flag) than behind the ball. (as long as it doesn't slow the game)
In the meantime, the plantain weeds in the back garden are going to get some abuse, as I swing without a ball.