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Bad lie? Missed the green?

Many simple faults can be cured with these reverse-swing routines. Think ‘slopes’.

  1. FOR THE SLICER
    • If you slice the ball, practise with the ball above your feet.
    • This will help to create a more rounded and shallow downswing which is a pre-requisite to reducing a slice and driving the ball better. As both these shots in general are caused by a steep downswing...
    • Find a severe slope and hit a few shots, then gradually work down to a flat lie and try to keep the same feeling.
    • To cement the keep the feeling, try swinging the club in a baseball swing fashion in your preshot routine.


  2. FOR THE HOOKER
    • If you hook the ball or have active hips, practise with the ball below your feet.
    • This slope helps in the fact that it makes the club get on a steeper plane back and down. It also reduces hip movement and makes the legs a little more stable.
    • Again, start on a severe slope and work down to the flat, you should feel that the backswing and downswing feel steeper. you hold the handle forward of the clubhead through impact.


  3. NOT TRANSFERING YOUR WEIGHT PROPERLY?
    • If you reverse pivot (i.e. straighten your back leg on the backswing) or do not transfer your weight properly, use the uphill slope to counteract your problem.
    • This is great for getting you turning behind the ball and then committing through the ball at impact. This is accentuated when you use a driver off the slope down.
    • Again,work your way from an uphill lie to a flat lie.


  4. HITTING THE GROUND FIRST?
    • If you strike the ball poorly, use a downhill slope to help you get good compression at impact.
    • Many people who strike it poorly hit the ground first. There’s a variety of reasons for this, however the main reason is that the chest is not down and over the ball, and the spine angle is not correct at impact.
    • This slope really helps with these problems and allows the chest to get stacked over the lower body, improving the strike.
    • A great drill is to walk through the shot as you hit it. This gets the flat spot of your swing in front of the ball and guarantees compression.
    • Make sure that you set up level with the slope, ie with your weight on the lower foot, shoulders level and your spine is perpendicular to the slope.

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