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STROKESAVERS
with Gord Percy, C.P.G.A.Head Professional, Carleton Golf & Yacht Club
LEARN TO CURVE THE BALL
Curving the golf ball is an important tool necessary to shoot low scores. Whether it is
working the ball to deal with wind or trying to get to a tough pin placement or escaping out
of a wooded area it requires a few essential set up adjustments and swing keys.
- Always aim you clubface in the direction you want your ball to finish.
- Aim your body in the direction you want to start the ball before it curves.
- Swing along your body lines just like you would if playing a normal straight shot.
No matter which way you want to curve the ball you need to do the above correctly. Most
people do not keep the clubface aimed at the final target because it looks either so closed
or open. It does take time to trust the weird visuals of a twisted clubface because it is so
different than the look of a normal setup. (See Picture 1)
Here are a few additional tips for hitting either a draw/hook or a fade/slice.
Draw/Hook
- Usually use a more lofted club as the club is de-lofted by the correct setup
- During your swing allow your hands and arms to rotate freely through impact
Fade/Slice
- Usually use a less lofted club as loft is added by doing the correct setup
- Do not allow your hands and arms to rotate as much through impact - an abbreviated
finish helps you curve the ball more. (Se Picture 2)
Practice of these shots is necessary before attempting them on the course. These shots
require total commitment and trust and positive visualizations are important to curving shots
the way you would like. These are fun to practice so give it a try.
tips
Above:
A closed clubface to hit a draw or hook. It will look very
abnormal compared to a traditional setup but you need to
learn to trust this visual
Left:
Do not allow the club to rotate through and past impact as
much as a normal shot - an abbreviated finish is necessary
to curve the ball a lot
78 FGM
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FALL 2008
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