How To Avoid The Blow Up Round

Fix your game, mid-round and avoid a big number

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Make practice swings on a sidehill lie with the ball above your feet. This flattens your swing and takes away your slice.
It probably has happened to all of you at one time or another. You’re in the middle of an otherwise solid round of golf when suddenly it all heads south, and no matter what you try, nothing can get your game back on track. It’s a frustrating experience, and one that’s sometimes made worse by trying to “right the ship.”

While a good post-round practice session is what’s really needed, there are some mid-round quick fixes that can temporarily rescue your game (although I emphasize that these fixes aren’t meant to be permanent). From shanking to chunking, I’ve passed on four of my favorite mid-round quick fixes that will stop the bleeding, boost your confidence and get you back in the game. The next time you find yourself in the middle of a “blowup round,” apply some of these band-aids and finish strong. Photography By Warren Keating

Fix Your Slice
If you start hitting a big banana slice mid-round, your clubface is open at impact and the angle of your downswing is probably very steep.

The only way to cure it is to flatten your swing and square your clubface at impact. This means you have to rotate your hands and arms over one another through the swing. A simple way to do this is to make a few practice swings on a sidehill lie with the ball above your feet. This flattens and rounds off your swing, making it easier to square your clubface at impact. Feel your right hand and arm rolling over your left, squaring and closing the clubface through impact.


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