One of my students came in this week and told me how well he had played, but one type of shot ruined an otherwise good round of golf. He bladed (hit the ball at its equator with the leading edge of his wedge) and the ball zoomed across the green causing an unfavorable score. This is what I had him try in order to keep it from happening again.
Generally, there could be several things that would cause this line drive shot, but since I knew his swing and his regular tendencies to overwork the right hand and arm at impact, we needed to reduce how that right hand was affecting the shot.
This can be corrected first by reducing the amount of grip pressure and control the right hand has on the club. There are two ways I like to modify the grip when this is happening, and I hope one will work best for you.
Try placing your left hand on the club normally. Then place the right hand on the grip but only allow the index finger and the thumb to be on the club. The other three fingers can point down to the ground and not wrap them around the club. This gives more control to the left hand and the right hand is there just to stabilize the club, not manipulate it.
The other way to modify the grip is to do the same thing with your left hand as above and but this time the right-hand grip with the three fingers (middle, 3rd and pinky) wrap around the club and the index finger and thumb are off the club. Basically, just the opposite than the first option above.
The last thing that can make a huge difference is to brush or hit the grass in front of the ball. If you see lots of turf flying or a big hole in the ground after the shot, that would be a sign of too much grip pressure and too steep of a swing. Another sure sign is if you are falling backwards in your finish or if you have a lot of weight on your back foot after the shot, then your right hand has taken over. Try taking the club back lower to the ground and brush through the ball just make sure to brush the grass in front of the ball.
As he practiced for the next hour, even though it felt funny he only hit two thin shots out of 60. He now feels more confident and ready for the next round. Thanks for sharing Lynn and for your help with the pictures.
Good luck and as always … Fairways Greens!
Rob Krieger is the Teaching Professional at the Southgate GC Driving Range The Red Rock Golf Center at Green Valley Spa. For more information on this article or lessons, contact Rob via email at email@example.com or at 435-986-5096.