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Stuck in the middle? The keys to dialing in your distance.

How often do you find yourself "stuck" in between two clubs? If you're anything like me, a lot!  This dreaded juncture almost always leads people to think they must pick the lesser of two evils. They can either swing out of their shoes and "muscle" the shorter club there or settle for the lazy swing and try to shave off some yardage. Neither of these options produce consistent results. Below are a few keys to dealing with this tricky situation you'll undobutly find yourself in multiple times during a single round of golf.

  • Go with the longer club and grip down. Once you have gripped down on the club, simply take your normal swing. You will find that this will naturally take a little yardage off your shot without forcing yo u to sacrifice consistency. Taking a normal swing will always leave you better off than trying to create a "Band-Aid" fix for whatever dilemma in which you find yourself.
  • Pay attention to the playing surface. For example, the rough will automatically take a little yardage off a shot. Therefore, be sure to take that into consideration and club up. This will again allow you to take a normal swing rather than being forced to swing hard and fast. If you're going uphill or downhill, make sure you factor that into your distance calculation as well. If you're going uphill, take a little more; downhill, a little less.
  • Never forget what actually controls distance. Always keep in mind that distance is controlled by where you grip the club and the length of the backswing, not the speed of the swing. Want to hit it shorter? Go with the three-quarter swing at the same tempo before attempting to mess with how fast you swing.

Enjoy the game and, remember, if you ever have a specific tip you want me to write, don’t hesitate to email me at or stop by my golf academy at Old Trail Golf Club. I am happy to answer all of your questions!


Get the Ball Started on Line

I have seen several golfers lately who come for a lesson and tell me they are always starting the ball left (right for left handed golfers) and hitting pulls, so they think they must be coming over the top. When I look at their swing path through video and when I put them on the launch monitor it does not show an over the top swing. They look at me so confused about how can they hit it left of the target if they are not coming over the top.

golf1In order to get the ball started on line, the club face must be square to your target at impact. The face of the club at impact determines the launch direction. The path of the club will determine curve (spin) and path relative to face determines the overall shape of the shot. So the first step for any golfer is learning to control the club face at impact so they can get the ball started on line.

A good drill is to put an alignment rod about 20 feet in front of you and practice launching the ball right of the rod by controlling the club face in an open position at impact. Then try to launch some shots left of the rod by controlling the club face in a slightly closed position at impact. Finally try to launch some shots right over the top of the rod by keeping the club face square at impact.

A second drill that gives golfers a really good feel for a square impact position is to take swings into an impact bag. You will feel how the club face squares up once it hits the bag. I suggest taking these swings in slow motion so you can feel the club face squaring up.

Once you can start the ball on line, you will have a much better feel for the club face at impact. I will talk about path and curve in another article.

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