Quit punishing yourself – learn to lean it forward!

The most common thing that causes poor contact in shots around the green is the hands and wrists trying to scoop the ball into the air. This scooping action results in punishing shots that blade over the green, or hit fat and fall short of the target. Your hands and wrists cause the shaft of the club to lean away from the target upon impact. This backwards-leaning shaft creates a thicker sole (bounce), which makes it difficult to hit the ball solidly. If you want to land a solid strike on the ball you must replace your scoop with a technique that creates a forwards-leaning shaft upon impact instead. The most effective training aid for achieving this is called The Punisher.

First, grip your chipping club normally, then grip a second club underneath the first one, close to the hosel or clubhead. The second grip should now be sticking out from underneath your left armpit. Try to keep the second shaft away from your left side as you follow through on your swing. If you are a scooper, the extended part of the club will punish you during the chipping motion by bumping into your side, giving you instant feedback! Note that you must always be careful not to take too long of a swing.

After getting rid of the scoop, you will successfully eliminate the punishing fat and thin shots from your short game. If you need help, contact us to book your lesson at http://www.arabellaproshop.co.za/contactus

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