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 Dale Crafton
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Dale Crafton

Fix a Slice

Release-Rotation Drill

Recently, I have worked with several new and seasoned golfers that simply cannot get the ball to go anywhere other than to "slice" a ball that curves to the right (for a right-handed golfer) is curved by a club face open to the right at impact. I would encourage you to explore the following drill to help "square the club face" at impact.

It is called "the release-rotation drill." The focus of this drill is on the rotation of the forearms and the movement of the club head from the point at which the club head is at hip height in the downswing to when it is at hip height beyond impact.

Take a middle iron and assume your address position. Next, bring the club head back to a point where the club shaft is parallel to the ground just below hip height. The toe of the club must be pointing straight up (even a bit closed).

From here, slowly bring the club down while you gradually rotate your right or rear forearm in a clockwise manner. I recommend that when you begin this drill that you stop when the club is at a point where it would strike the ball. Check to see if the leading edge of the club face appears to be square to your target line.

Keep working the club down in slow motion from just below hip height to impact, always checking to make sure your club face returns to square. Now work your forearms and the club down and through the impact zone. But this time continue on up until the club head is parallel to the ground and just below hip height just beyond impact.

In summary, work the club between the two positions so the take away position is a "mirror image" of the release position. Once you get to where you can consistently move the club from toe-up to square (slightly left of toe-up) through the impact zone, you can feel very confident that you will square the club face at impact during actual play.

For more information on these and other drills, consult "The Plane Truth for Golfers" by Jim Hardy.

Golf Tips

Golf Tips

Listed on this page are some tips from your Cozy Acres Golf Teachers. The subject of these mini-instructions change quarterly, so be sure to check back!

To further improve your game, call to schedule private lessons with one of our teaching professionals. Or attend one of the many clinics and golf camps that Cozy Acres holds every week during Spring and Summer. Repeaters are always welcome.

Most importantly: Go out and PLAY GOLF!

This Month's Articles:

Proper Posture
Club Fitting
Swing Set-Up

PuttingPROPER POSTURE

 Golfers should keep their heads up.

Have you ever heard the advice "keep your head down?" Have you ever tried to keep your head down and swing the golf club?

I recommend you keep your head "up" and behind the ball at impact. The "head up" position allows you to swing the shoulders effectively under your chin.

The intent of the advice to "keep your head down" is good, but in actuality other parts of your body are causing the problem of faulty ball striking, not your head.

There are usually three areas of the body that move, which contribute to the poorly struck golf shots: 1) Not keeping the knees adequately flexed until the ball has been struck; 2) Raising the shoulder just prior to impact (lifting up); and 3) Raising the hands up prior to impact.

The usual result of any of these swing issues is a golf ball that does not get off the ground. The most common of the three is locking of the knees prior to impact.

A properly struck golf ball is when the bottom of the club strikes the bottom of the ball (it will always go up). When the club face strikes the ball perpendicular to the target line, the ball always goes straight. So remember–bottom of the club to the bottom of the ball and the club pointed at the target at impact.

Golf PuttTry these two drills to get the "feel" of a properly struck golf ball. 1) Swing the club slowly during the take away and return the club head to the impact position slowly to check for and get the feel for the proper club head path. 2) Take some practice swings with your eyes closed, "feel" the path of the club head and brush the club head along the grass.

Remember, "head up" and behind the ball at impact. Strike the bottom center of the club to the bottom center of the ball and the club head down the target line at impact to get the ball in the air and straight.

Keep working on your game and don't forget to have fun!

PuttingGOLF CLUB FITTING

 Are the Clubs You're Playing Right for You?

Have you ever thought about whether or not the clubs you’re playing are properly fit? Many clubs are purchased with little thought as to whether or not they are the proper set for your game. Our former office manager, Christy, used this example when describing properly fit clubs. “Would you walk with a pair of shoes that didn't fit?” The same thing applies to a set of clubs.

If you are a very good player, an average player, or a beginner, it is important to choose clubs that are best for your game. I am a strong advocate of proper instruction but the more I teach it the more I believe that clubs should be a proper fit for any player. If clubs were purchased at a chain store or on Ebay, they should be subsequently checked to see whether or not they will help your game.

To determine if clubs are a proper fit, there are 5 variables that should be considered:

  • Proper grip
  • Lie angle
  • Length
  • Shaft flex
  • Head composition

After these 5 variables are considered the 14 clubs in the bag can easily be determined. For example; hybrids are being played by more pro’s and amateurs alike. Hybrids are clubs that usually replace long irons; they are a cross between an iron and a fairway wood. If you haven’t hit them, I recommend you give consideration to trying them.

There are basically three grip sizes: standard, mid-size, and oversized. These are fit dependant on hand size. If the grip is improperly fit, ball flight can be affected.

The lie angle of a club determines direction, especially with irons. If the lie angle is too flat the ball will usually go to the right. A lie angle that is too upright encourages the ball to be hit left.

Length of a club is a factor in solid ball striking. Normally we think that a tall person needs longer clubs and shorter people need short clubs. It has very little to do with height, it has more to do with a measurement from the middle knuckle of the hand to the ground.

Shaft flex is determined primarily by club head speed. A stiff flex shaft should be used by a golfer with a faster club head speed. A slower club head speed is more conducive to a more flexible shaft.

Finally, the head of a club is very important. There are basically three kinds of club heads with irons; a wide sole, a standard sole width, and a “blade” or narrow width club. The wider the sole, the easier it is to get the ball air borne and the easier to hit.

If you are interested in checking your set of clubs or being custom fit for a set of clubs, stop by the Cozy Acres Pro Shop. The cost to change clubs or build a custom set is minimal and well worth the expense, if you want to improve your game.

Golf Swing Set-UpSWING SET-UP

 Get Set-Up to Swing into Action.

There are four parts to the full golf swing. Proper set-up, take away, swing to impact, and finish to balance. Each is equally important, but all are designed to increase the likelihood the ball “goes up” and “straight.” Let’s look at a proper “set-up"...

One of the most important parts of the set-up is balance. To be properly balanced the weight should be evenly distributed on the “inside middle” of the feet. Not on the heels, not on the toes, the “inside middle” or at the instep of the feet. This position, of feet weight distribution should be maintained throughout the swing. Some examples most of us can relate to are: a defensive posture – basketball or linebacker position – football, a baseball or softball hitter – the batter’s box, a soccer player in a defensive position. Each of these positions needs to be maintained or “balanced” until the golf ball has been struck.

The second part of the set-up is a proper knee bend. There is no formula, that I know of, for how much to bend the knees. However, the amount of knee bend that is chosen at set-up needs to be maintained until the ball has left the club head.

The third part of the set-up, is a spine angle that extends from the tail bone to the base of the neck in a straight line. The “seat” needs to stick out and the shoulders need to lean forward until the weight is balanced in the “inside middle” of the feet.

The final, and probably most important, part of the set-up is the grip. There are many variations of the grip, from overlap to interlock, to 10 finger. Each of these grips has two commonalities. The thumb of the left hand, for a right handed golfer, needs to be placed in the crevice of the palm of the upper hand located just above the wrist. The second fundamental is the “V’s” formed by the index finger and thumb of each hand should point between the right side of the neck and right shoulder.

The most common mistake made by many golfers is an improper set-up. Remember, be on balance and check your grip before you begin to take the club “away.”

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