The best golfers in the world, the ones who win major championships, are the ones who have the ability to work the ball. They can hit draw shots, they can hit fades high and low. Some of them come from backgrounds like Seve Ballesteros and Lee Trevino where they learned to play the game with only one club so they had to be very adaptable to different shots. Let’s have a look at a couple of shots here.
Practice Session: Hitting Difficult Shots
Every practice session you should try to hit a few of these trouble shots to really get an understanding of how to spin the ball and work it around. I have never played a round where I have not had to play one or more of these shots so if you practice them you will be better prepared.
- The hook shot first of all, what we have to do is get that ball to spin in a counter clockwise fashion.
- The only way I can do that is to have the clubface closed to the path of the swing.
- So if I can get the path of the swing traveling to the right of the tree in front of me and I can have the clubface closed to that path, which means the face is pointing left, that in itself is going to put a counter clockwise spin on the ball.
Correct Clubface Position to Hit a Shot Out of Trouble
There is lots of talk about rolling the wrists and doing all these other things in the golf swing, but really it is just a matter of getting the right set up. The first thing I am going to do here is re-grip the golf club, so rather than its normal square position with the leading edge straight up and down, I am going to re-grip the club with the clubface closed so that the face is turned over.
From there I am going to aim my body line so that the line across my body is pointing right at the tree. That is going to get the ball started on the line before that counter clockwise spin created by the clubface being closed takes over. I don’t have to roll my wrists, I don’t have to do anything except make my normal swing. So I have my clubface closed, aim a little bit to the right and just make a normal swing. You can see after that swing that the ball just hooks around the tree and back onto the fairway. I can get it up and down from there and still make my par.