Drop 10 Strokes In 10 Minutes

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This shot is particularly frustrating because not only is it weak and embarrassing, but it’s likely to leave what’s often called an “idiot mark” on the crown of your driver just above the face. Nobody wants that. Most golfers who pop up their tee shots do so because they swing too hard with their upper body and, as a result, hit the golf ball at a very steep angle. The trick to stop the pop-up shots is to relax the upper body and initiate a bigger and better rotation of the lower body. By doing that, you’ll effectively shallow-out your plane, and your arms will follow your body instead of leading it. The result? A more level swing plane and nary an idiot mark ever again. Relax those arms and use more body!


A thin shot is generally better than a fat one, but not if there’s trouble looming behind your target. In any case, hitting it thin isn’t unlike topping your tee shots with a driver. In most cases, it’s because the golfer is trying to lift the ball off the ground and into the air. This is the last thing you want to do! A successful golf shot is one that hits down into the turn and uses the loft on the iron to lift the ball upwards. Also, check out my left side around impact. See how my left arm is not only straight (indicating I haven’t tried to lift the ball up), but also stacked over my left leg. This is what you want to look like at impact. So think “stack your left side” and you’ll thin it less often.


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