The golf swing and improving are made more difficult by misunderstanding and improper use of terminology. Too many times we try to correct our golf swings be addressing the “effect” rather than the action.

How many times have you or someone you are playing with hit a poor shot and said one of the following:

  • Keep your head down
  • Don’t look up
  • Keep the left arm straight
  • The “one piece takeaway”
  • The head has to stay centered and don’t sway
  • I topped it because I looked up

There are basically two things that control ball flight. The angle of the clubface at impact and the path that the club is swung on. The angle of the clubface relative to the path of the club at impact is what controls the ball flight.

  • The angle of the clubface at impact has the largest influence on the initial direction of the golf ball. The path of the club is responsible for where the clubface strikes the ball and where the clubface is.

Everything in the golf swing happens in three’s. If you think about your miss-hits or bad shots they can be classified as combination of the following:

  • We either hit too much ground, too little ground, or contact the ball in the center of the face
  • The ball either goes too much to the right, too much to the left, or flies straight
  • The ball either goes too high, to low, or the correct trajectory

Keeping this in mind lets look at the bad shots in golf and how we can correct these.

  • Slice
  • Hook
  • Push
  • Pull
  • Top
  • Sky ball
  • Shank