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My ball striking has been very poor since the beginning of the season with all of my clubs.

I NEED SOME HELP!!!! My usual hit with my driver is a high cut. My irons I block or hit thin and my wedges I block all the time. PLEASE GUYS HELP ME OUT.

 

 

 

-Zach-

 

 

 

If you are blocking shots, you are most likely getting under the plane. If that is the case, try to feel like you are coming over the top of it and that should help you from getting under the plane.

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I'm interested in what you told the other guy about being too far under the plane. I often over-do things and in my attempt to swing from the inside to fix my bad slice when I first started playing....well now I think I've gone too far inside and have been fighting some wicked hooks for a long time. I decided to go the other way with my swing and take the club back a little more outside and feel like I'm coming over the top...well I was hitting the most solid, crisp, high shots that I've ever hit....some with a slight fade and I loved it.

 

I went out and tested it for 9 holes and it was so nice to feel like I could aim down the left side and just play a little cut shot. I need to dial it in a bit but through 9 holes before I would have at least 1 snap hooked drive that would go about 150 yards straight and then another 150 yards left....often leaving me with no shot or OB. Today was the first day I've EVER tried playing a cut shot as my natural shot and my worst drive one that I over-cut a little and ended up in the first cut of right rough. That was my worst shot and it was still in play.

 

The best part is my iron play though...I was hitting them higher than ever and that little cut shot is so much more accurate than my old draw. I just couldn't control the spin on my draw shots...sometimes it would draw about 5 yards and sometimes it would draw/hook 15 or 20 yards.

 

I just thought I'd share that since you were telling this guy to feel like he's coming over the top...that's exactly how I feel but I'm actually perfectly on plane. I guess I was trying to come from the inside so much that I got ridiculously stuck and was flipping through impact to avoid hitting it off the hosel.

 

Loving the fade!

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I'm interested in what you told the other guy about being too far under the plane. I often over-do things and in my attempt to swing from the inside to fix my bad slice when I first started playing....well now I think I've gone too far inside and have been fighting some wicked hooks for a long time. I decided to go the other way with my swing and take the club back a little more outside and feel like I'm coming over the top...well I was hitting the most solid, crisp, high shots that I've ever hit....some with a slight fade and I loved it.

 

 

Loving the fade!

 

jportz, I think you and I share a common fault of overdoing a swing change and bouncing from extreme to extreme.

 

The fade's definately a good sign. However, from personal experience, you can get a little too used to it easily and can find your shoulders wide open and it can lead to a few weeks of high, weak shots. There's as fine a line between a nice fade and a balooning slice as there is between a slight draw and a snap hook. Especially in the long irons. One thing that helped me was purposefully alternating between draws and fades at the range when practicing. Mixing them in keeps you even (just like hitting off side hill lies and up slopes / downslopes).

 

I think the key to just about every "one plane swing" is getting the club from in to in. The above drill of keeping the shaft outside of target line is a good one. I think Vijay's water bottle two or three ball lengths up and outside of your ball is a little better since it provides very good feedback and won't go flying down the range like a shoe box. Just make sure it's a sturdy water bottle. I've found gatorade and dasani bottles are strong enough to take direct hits without exploding, Ozarkas are NOT. ;)

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