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Tips & Tricks: Chapter 3: Curving The Ball

By: Tony Blacker

We will enter into some exciting areas of the game for Chapter 3, as we discuss how to “scramble”. The need to scramble may not be a desirable situation, but being able to scramble proves beneficial when your score is posted. Scrambling can simply mean good, straightforward “up and down” short game play, or it can include more creative shots that allow you to save strokes.

Let’s focus on the creative shots that golfers frequently need to play, for example: moving the ball around an obstacle towards the target. Knowing the principles behind such a shot and having the ability to perform it provide the player with a very useful skill.

THE BASIC TECHNIQUES: ‘SWING PATH’ AND ‘CLUBFACE POSITION’

The SliceTHE SLICE

You need a clubface position that is open to the swing path at impact position. This combination can be accomplished using several different techniques, depending on your style and ability.

1. Sole the club face squarely but assume an opened face grip position, line both feet and shoulders to the left of the target.

2. Align the body to the left of where the ball should start and open the face so that it is the right angle towards where the ball is to finish. These options are achieving the result by prepositioning, in other words “setting up the result” before you start your swing. The trick, then, is to trust the geometry and make a normal swing that matches your alignment.

3. Take a normal grip and set-up, but during the forward swing make the path travel on an outside – to – in line while reducing the normal rotation of hands and forearms to open the face. This option is desired by more talented players, made with motion rather than position. It is done by experience, feel and imagination. This method is all about confidence and the feel for your swing.

When playing a slice shot the golfer needs to hold back the release of the club head, so in turn the heel of the club will be in front of the toe of the club head.

The HookTHE HOOK

You need a clubface position that is closed to the swing path at impact position. This combination can be accomplished using several different techniques, pending on your style and ability.

1. Sole the club face squarely but assume a closed-face grip position, line both feet and shoulders to the right of the target.

2. Align the body to the right of where the ball should start and close the face so that it is right angles towards where the ball is to finish. These options are achieving the result by prepositioning, in other words “setting – up the result” before you start your swing. The trick, then, is to trust the geometry and make a normal swing that matches your alignment.

3. Take a normal grip and set-up, but during the forward swing make the path travel on an inside – to – out line while allowing the normal rotation of hands and forearms to close the face. This option is desired by more talented players, is made with motion rather than position. It is done by experience, feel and imagination. My teacher always told me: the ball doesn’t care which style or combination of styles you use, just have the confidence to achieve the result.

When playing a hook shoot the golfer needs to release the club head earlier so that the toe of the club head gets in front of the heel of the club head.

A LITTLE BIT OF ADVICE FOR YOU

Practice with certain clubs to learn the degree of loft for the shot, and distance the shot will travel by using the hook or slice. Sometimes your target will not be on the green, but near the green to save strokes.

HAPPY GOLFING!

About Tony Blacker

Tony Blacker is an Australian pro golfer and a master coach of Infinite Golf Academy at Senayan Driving Range. After a solid pro golf carrier in Australia, he decided to move to Indonesia in 2005. Tony Blacker started his pro golf career from the age of 22. This is Tony Blacker personal message to all who wants to learn and coached by him : “I have a strong belief in the positive outcome of punctuality, self motivation and commitment which I adhere to in all aspects of my life and I further pride myself in all tasks undertaken and am open to suggestions and constructive criticism. I enjoy working with all people regardless of colour or race and assisting them in anyway possible. My goal in life is to be happy in everything I undertake.”

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