Here’s a great drill that will help to create awareness of where the clubface is angled at impact…
Keep in mind that the clubface is PRIMARILY responsible for where the ball launches, while the clubpath is PRIMARILY responsible for the curvature of the shot. If you know the predominant shape of your shots, the key is to launch the ball in the proper direction – this drill will help! Give it a try and please let me know if you’ve made any progress.
I have never taught a predominant slicer that did not always have their clubpath travelling from out to in on a very consistent basis. I have never taught a predominant hooker that did not always have their clubpath travelling from in to out on a very consistent basis. In order to upgrade these golfers’ ball flight we needed to improve their path first and then work to adjust the face to point somewhere between the path and the target line.
Here is an example of a lesson I might give to a golfer who predominantly fades/slices the golf ball:
I hope these two clips help you to better understand what it is you need to do to improve your ball flight and have more fun out on the golf course.
I have never watched a shortgame or wedge video where I agree 100% with everything that has been said. Here is Jason Dufner and I agree with every single thing he says in this brief video. I am not being arrogant, after all he is the PGA Champion, but I seldom go through an entire wedge presentation without hearing something I want to question. Really good stuff from Duf and his coach Chuck Cook….
I thought the following points were important: shallow angle of attack, quiet wrists, straight right arm
A few of my findings on the shot:
We are all capable of hitting amazing golf shots, yet it is those mind-numbingly bad shots that ruin our day and erode any measure of confidence that we may have been hanging on to. The question we all would like to know the answer to is – why? Why was that shot so far offline when I’ve been hitting the ball straight just about all day? What is the primary cause of my inaccuracy?
My experience is that most golfers tend to look in the same place to find answers to their problems. Just like husbands tell their wives on every bad shot she might hit – “You lifted up!” Well, so to do we tend look towards the same area as a cause for our bad shots. Talking with my students it appears that far too many golfers are of the belief that bad shots are caused by a swing that was suddenly over the top or under plane – in other words the clubpath was different and that’s what led to the offline shot. This is even a favorite for the golf commentators on Sunday afternoons – if a golfer hits a shot left coming down the stretch you are very likely to hear Nick or Johnny chime in with, “Well, he came over that one…”
Teaching with TrackMan has taught me that most golfers’ inaccurate shots are caused by one of two factors:
- An open or closed face at impact
- Or an off center strike (heel or toe)
Golfers tend to be fairly consistent with their clubpath. Keep in mind that this is a general statement and not all golfers are consistent, but my experience has shown that golfers that work at their game tend to have a good measure of consistency when it comes to the direction their clubhead is travelling at impact – clubpath. It may not be an ideal path or what they are looking for, but consistent it is!
Consistency to your shot pattern comes from passive hands through impact and a predictable point of contact on the face (even if it’s not in the center!)
Please note that there is a mistake in my video! The face does not determine where the ball finishes, but rather where it starts! Sorry about that….
If you would like to find out what’s causing your shots to veer offline contact me at andrew(at)andrewricegolf.com to set up a TrackMan lesson or to discuss an online lesson.
I recently attended a two day Southern Ground Music and Food Festival in Charleston, SC put on by the Zac Brown Band. Now you may be asking – “What does this have to do with golf or my game?” Stay with me here, because as you will see, there is so much you can learn from successful entities in other industries.
I came away from the event inspired about what I needed to do to move forward and how I can do a better job for my students. Here is what I learned:
In 2013 ZBB will have been on tour from early January through late October. Once the tour is done they will be recording a new album - talk about getting down to it! They always seem to be stretching their abilities by experimenting with new or different genres of music. Lesson - persistently work hard at being the best you possibly can be – every minute of every day!
SUPPORT and EXPERTISE
ZBB is made up of a motley group of supremely gifted artists where each member is exceptionally talented in one or multiple areas. It truly is a case of the sum of the parts is greater than each individual part. Each band member beautifully complements what the others do. Lesson – specialize, but also surround yourself with experts in each field. Don’t be afraid to ask for help in areas you might be weak in.
The band strives to go above and beyond what one would expect – even above what one would expect from a world class act like they are. Their sets are immaculately planned and nothing seems to be “thrown together”. Lesson – be over-prepared! Let your students see that you are ready and excited to help them achieve their goals.
SHARING and MENTORING
ZBB is always open to lending a helping hand to young up and coming bands. The Festival I attended was evidence of this in that most of earlier acts were younger bands being supported by ZBB. They will also often invite artists, both young and old, to perform on stage with them. This is in addition to their album titled “You Get What You Give“! Lesson - go out of your way to help younger teachers and golfers. It costs you nothing!
I have been fortunate to see the band perform a few times now and they are always very thankful for all the people who allow them to be successful at what they do. Lesson – always let your clientele know how thankful you are for their support and business.
You might think I’m crazy (and there’s a good chance you’re right!) but I took all that from a concert put on by an exceptional country music band! What can you take from this information? And how can it benefit what you do in golf?