Play Like A Player!
Quick tips and advice to make you look, feel and perform like a star
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STICK IN THE SAND
|INSIDE THE ROPES: CHARLIE HOFFMAN
When hitting more traditional bunker shots, like Charlie Hoffman is demonstrating here, things can take shape in a more symmetrical manner. Check out how well Hoffman mirrors his swing from backswing to followthrough. It's as though his arms are exact opposites, right? Now check out his lower body. Quite a difference.
Try this technique yourself. Think of mirroring your upper body while the lower body continues to rotate through the shot. Think L to Y (impact) and back to L again. Just be sure to keep that lower body turning through the shot. You need that forward momentum to get the ball out.
HIGH BOMB, LOW CUTTER
Shotmaking isn't limited to the fairway. Tour players often shape their tee shots as often as they do their approach shots. There are two shots that I think any real player needs to know how to hit. The first is the high, bombing draw. To do that, tee the ball higher and play it forward in the stance, add some shoulder tilt away from the target, and keep your head behind the ball through impact. The other shot is the low cutter, which is a drive with a mid-low trajectory and some fade-spin to hold the fairway. (It's a great shot for tight fairways and when you want to control your driving distances.) Play the ball a little farther back in your stance with a lower tee height and less shoulder tilt, and try to keep your head above the ball at impact. Do that, and you'll see the effect: a low, cutting fade that's easy to control.
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