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Tweak your finish to work the ball


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Doug Hammer

Scottsdale, AZ (Sports Network) -- I get asked all the time how to work the ball on purpose, to make it do what you would like. Most of us are pretty good at working the ball accidentally, but what about when you want to curve the ball to the left or to the right intentionally? What do you do? Do you need a different swing?

I will try to answer those questions and give you a good tip to help you navigate those tough doglegs in the future.

Simple adjustments to your swings are all that are needed to create a different ball flight. You do not have to re-invent your swing to get the ball to curve one way or another. Keep in mind that a ball curves as a result of spin. Side spin occurs when the face is not square to your swing path. If the face is open in relation to the path, you will end up with a fade or slice. If the face is closed in relation to the path, you will get a draw or a hook.

Finishing high on your swing
A higher finish promotes a more "in to out" path resulting in a slight draw provided the club is square to the target.
So, let's create an intentional draw shot. Provided you are gripping the club with the face square to the target and can return the face square at impact and simply try to finish higher in the follow through. A higher finish promotes a more "in to out" path resulting in a slight draw provided the club is square to the target, which would be closed in relation to the swing path. If you wanted to draw or hook the ball more, grip the club with a closed clubface at address and swing to a high finish. This should create even more curve.

Now, let's create a fade or slice shot. Provided you are gripping the club face square at address and can return it square at impact, simply try to finish lower in the follow through. Finishing lower will help to create a more out to in path resulting in a fade given that the club is square to the target which would be open in relation to the path. If you wanted to fade or slice the ball more, simply address the ball with the clubface more open and swing to a low finish position.

Good luck with these simple steps to create different ball flights on command!


Doug Hammer * Director of Instruction * Troon North Golf Club p 480-585-5300 ext. 251 * f 480-585-5161 * www.troonnorthgolf.com 10320 E Dynamite Blvd. * Scottsdale, AZ 85262 Managed by Troon Golf? * www.troongolf.com



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