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Drive It right down the pipe Or are you Over-Controlling?

The Driver is the most important shot in golf. It sets up the hole for success and who doesn't love to hit one right down the middle!

Sometimes this need for accuracy can lead us to swinging with apprehension, or trying to 'steer the ball straight' by over-controlling the clubface. If you are steering the ball straight the result is often a push or sliced shot (ball going left of the target for right-handers). Technically the golfer is not allowing their club to release properly through impact, thus leaving the clubface open through and past the point of impact.

Topping the Ball?

You may not be standing up. But what else causes a topped shot?

By Scott Orban, PGA Executive Professional

Following a topped golf shot, I have often heard golfers comment: “I came up on that one.”
This may be the case, but quit often this is not true. This can also be caused by an early release of the golf club prior to impact. I call this the “hit impulse” or “flipping your wrists”. This is that impulse of overusing the hands and /or wrists prior to impact thus changing the clubs depth. This can result in a fat shot, topped shot, or if your timing is perfect a good shot. Check out the video to learn how properly strike down on the ball with your irons.

Quick Tip - Translate the Slap Shot into a powerful Golf Swing

By Scott Orban, PGA Executive Professional

Do hockey players have an advantage when it comes to learning to strike a golf ball? Power and consistency may be improved if we can learn from hockey players.

A hockey player understands that in order to shoot the puck harder the player must strike down at the ice and compress the shaft. The harder and faster the player hit's down, the harder the shot. To create this force the hockey player turns faster utilizing core strength muscles. It is not a swinging of the hands and arms which creates the power.

A similarity in a golf and hockey shot is that at the point of impact the club and stick shafts are leaning: meaning that the hands are in front of the blade or the clubface at the point of impact. If golfers can learn this key fundamental they will be learning to utilize their core body strength to generate more speed, power and consistency. This results in better consistency because the golfer will not be trying to find the speed with their hands and arms, thus stabilizing the club face through impact.