Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 350 - Wed. May 20th, 2015
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- Tom's Featured Tip: Q&A: Ball Going Right
- Tour Greens: - Tour Quality Synthetic Greens
- Tom's Bonus Tip: Q&A: Shaft Lean
- Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip: Q&A Ball Going Right

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

Q: Hi Tom,

I wanted to give you an update from our last lesson and hopefully get a "point me in the right direction" tip.

My putting the last 2 rounds has been very good to great. I am stroking the ball down the line I've chosen very well. The drill with the skewers and string is great.

Driving has rarely been an issue for me, and we haven't worked on that in lessons. I have been much straighter so far this year by cutting down the speed and length of my backswing by a little and haven't seen any loss in distance. I may be even hitting it a little farther if that makes sense. Definitely hitting more fairways and feel like have fewer mishits.

We worked on my short game just before you went on vacation. I hope you had a wonderful time. I am hitting way more quality shots with all my wedges.

My issue is my miss is consistently short and right with full swings and just plain right with half or less swings but perfect distance. Here's an example: yesterday played my league in gale force winds and drove the ball in the fairway 6 of seven holes with short irons home.

1st and 4th were 110 yards - missed right and short by about 10 yards in each direction on both - wind not a factor.

2nd - 20 yard short chip onto green but right of where I was aiming (not a bad shot just not scaring the hole).

3rd was 80 yard shot with pin on the left - hit a knock down gap wedge to exactly hole high but 45 feet right of the hole.

125 yard par three - 10 yards short and right.

I shot 42 and had bogeys on 3 of those 5 holes where I would hope to have a chance at birdie on 4 of the 5. I also had a penalty stroke on a par 5 when I missed a 9 iron layup shot to 20 yards to the right into a pond. Without the misses I have reasonable shot at shooting par or under.

Any help with the misses right and short would be great.

Steve T.

A: Thanks for the question Steve.

Here's a checklist of my best guesses to fix your misses (without actually seeing your short shot swings). If you're still stuck after trying the suggestions below, give me a call and I'm sure we can solve the problem at the range.
  • ball position too far back
  • too much forward shaft lean
  • too much of a lateral slide to start the downswing
  • head moving laterally forward at impact, past where it was at address
  • clubface too open at address
  • clubface open at impact
  • left arm too low on backswing, which can cause a flat swing and a push to the right
  • shoulders too flat on backswing, keep your left shoulder moving down on takeaway and backswing
  • swing path inside out vs. inside to inside
  • right elbow getting behind your body vs. pointing down on backswing (trying to get your left arm towards parallel to your shoulders on the backswing helps correct this)
  • a vertical hinging action through impact rather than maintaining an angled hinge throughout your swing
  • flipping at impact

Hope this helps, let me know!

All the best,



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Tom's Bonus Tip: Q&A: Shaft Lean

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

Q: Hi Tom, I've never taken a lesson, but I read your tips and try things out with my game. I'm 65 and play senior shafts with my clubs. My question is this: when I get what I think is good forward shaft lean for my iron shots, the ball seems to go to low. Any ideas on this?

Thanks, Bill W. , Fort Erie, Canada

A: Thanks for the question Bill.

I'm assuming that your swing speed is rather slow - senior flex shafts - and this is a clue to your problem.

If a persons swing speed is on the slow side, the maximum compression point for shaft lean with irons is not what they should strive to attain. The flight will be way too low and you won't hold any greens that you carry the ball to.

In fact, you probably won't be able to carry the ball to many greens.

The solution for you for full shots is to hit the ball with less shaft lean to give you more elevation on your shots. Practice setting up with the club more vertical - but still slightly forward leaning, and you'll see a world of difference.

Experiment with the shaft lean angle until you are hitting your fulls shots with adequate elevation, then lock it down.

Your chipping setup should remain what is has been as long as you can chip the ball onto the putting surface with your current setup.

This should help, all the best,



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All the best,

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