7 Faults Most Amateurs Make

and the quick tips to cure them

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3. Short Approach Shots?/Take The Right Divot!
Losing distance on your approach shots? Here’s a quick tip that’ll add extra yards in no time.

Place a tee just opposite and on the outside of a ball to determine where you make a divot. If your divot is behind the ball, it indicates that you’ve started your downswing incorrectly (most likely your upper body has led the lower body).

Rather the divot should be in front of the ball, because good contact means that you’ve struck the ball first. This also indicates that the golf club is traveling through the ball.

When first practicing this exercise, begin with half swings and use a mid-iron so it’s easier to make solid contact. Feel your forward arm leading the swing. This allows the grip end of the club to lead the face; as you swing, think, “Pinch the ball,” not “Scoop the ball.”

Without thinking mechanically about it, practicing this drill will improve your swing sequence, contact and distance .

4. Bad Swing Path?/Toss A Ball Under Your Driver!
To hit the ball farther and straighter, try this simple ball-toss drill. Simply place the palm of your lead hand on the butt end of your grip and, with your other arm, toss a ball down the target line. Take note of where the ball flew in the air. This will help to get a better understanding of the swing path through impact.

If I start down with my hands and shoulders...

...it causes me to come over the top...

...and the club aims left and the face stays open...

...resulting in a slice.

This is a great drill for any golfer who swings “over the top,” because it trains your arm to travel freely on the proper swing path. Also, your spine angle and tilt remain constant as the swing sequence becomes natural.

To make the ball go high, allow your arms to swing versus starting down with your hands. For a more advanced exercise, after tossing the ball under the driver, try swinging a wedge with one hand and hitting the ball while holding the driver with your leading arm. If you “try” too hard, the club will hit the ground; if you let it swing freely, you’ll make surprisingly crisp contact. The goal with this drill is to feel the swing, not the hit.

By tossing a ball, however, I unwind naturally...

...letting my hips rotate toward the target...

...and my arms follow, so my path is correct.

To improve your consistency, warm up each session by throwing five to 10 balls under hand.


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