Fix Your Game

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When you’re on the course and your game starts to fall apart, what should you do? Well, the most important thing is not to panic and think about all the things that you might be doing wrong. Instead, focus on what you should be doing to hit some great shots and regain your confidence.

The quickest way to improve is to go back to the game’s fundamentals so you can more easily repeat your swing. When things go bad, the problem can usually be found in the setup. This leads to one of the game’s four main forces (balance, pivot, path or clubface) getting out of whack.

The key with on-course fixes is to keep them simple. If you start thinking about too many things, you won’t be able to clarify in your mind a simple motion that can get you back on track. Also if you hit one bad shot, don’t suddenly try to fix everything. Remember, even Tour pros miss several shots each round. Start to put my quick fixes into play only if you’ve missed three or four shots in a row.

1 Fault: You Don’t Hit It Far
Most players try to turn as fast as they can at the start of the downswing. As a result, their upper bodies outrun their lower bodies. This destroys lag—one of the golf swing’s major power sources. Also this produces an outside-in downswing path with an open clubface. And, boy, that’s a double-whammy power loss!

Fix: Keep Your Buttons Back
To generate distance, you need to create lag in your downswing. The key here is to get your lower body firing, first by bracing your left leg, then by rotating your hips, all while keeping the buttons on the top of your shirt lagging behind your lower body. In fact, that’s exactly the image you should have on course: Keep the buttons on your golf shirt lagging behind your belt buckle until after impact.

Producing this lag allows you to establish a power base that starts in your lower body and works up the body and out the clubshaft. With your shirt buttons lagging behind your lower body, you’ve improved the chances of pivoting and given your hands a chance to slot the club on the correct downswing path. Now you have lag and power from both your lower body and hands.

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