Swing at Impact

Eric Swinehart

Q: I have been concentrating on my downswing to think about slapping the ball with my right hand at impact. But I have been losing distance and hooking the ball. Should I be thinking more about hitting the ball with more of my left hand at impact on my woods and irons.

A: If you are hooking and losing distance then you are stopping your swing at impact and just flipping at the ball. Keep your body turning, especially your shoulders/torso and move the handle of the club around to the left faster than the club head flips around to the left. Doing this creates a "hold off fade". If you start fading too much, just back off a little.