Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 616 - July 8th, 2020
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USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
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Tom's Featured Tip: The Golf Swing Is Just A Giant Chip Shot

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Tom's Featured Tip: The Golf Swing Is Just A Giant Chip Shot

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

"The Golf Swing Is Just A Giant Chip Shot".

That's what Sir Nick Faldo (my man) said during the telecast of Bryson DeChambeau's (also my man) win Sunday during Rocket Mortgage Classic at the Detroit Golf Club.

That may sound strange to a lot of you, but he's exactly right.

That statement is all about the impact interval, and the longer you can maintain forward shaft lean through that impact interval, the more solidly you'll hit the ball.

The only time you should be releasing that angle early is you are intentionally trying to influence trajectory or curvature.

Otherwise, hold the angle until you are well past impact.

One of the main drills I teach at my Ball Striking lesson is the one and only drill that I ever invented - The Inverted Praying Hands Drill

Inverted Praying Hands Drill maintaining wrist angles
with weight forward, long arms and a good turn.

After a student has done several reps of the drill, I have them hit short punch shots with their pitching wedge, maintaining their hand and wrist angles (forward shaft lean) well into their abbreviated follow through.

Then I ask them to hit longer and longer punch shots, maintaining that impact angle into their follow through as much as they can, until they are taking a full swing at the ball. They are usually amazed at the strong, boring trajectory shots that they are producing.

That mentality should carry over to every club in your bag.

If you aren't happy with the feel of your iron shots, do the The Inverted Praying Hands Drill drill for two minutes at a time, then try hitting punch shots holding those angles through impact.

My guess is that you too will amaze yourself too.

The "hold the angle" mentality should be carried over to every full swing, unless your are trying to influence normal ball flight intentionally.

Try it, you'll definitely like it.


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
Teaching Pro, Plum Creek Driving Range & Practice Facility
WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
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