Golf Tip: Start the Ball Straight

By John Elliott

Golf Tip: Start the Ball Straight

Do You Need Curve?

So you are playing golf and you hit a ball and it does not go to the target. It starts to your right. For it to end up at your target, what is the one thing it needs to do? The answer is it needs to curve to your left. Next hole, you hit a shot and it starts out on the left side of the target line, what is the one thing that the ball would now need to do? The answer is it needs to curve back to the right to go back to the target.

Lose the Curve

One of the keys to being a good player is to lose the word need. If this is the back end of our target line and the ball is on the back end going through the front end and all of these lines are going to the center of that oak tree then what we would like to do is start the ball at the oak tree and then the only thing we need it to do is have backspin. Sidespin is a necessity when the ball is starting off line. Anybody who starts a ball over here for whatever reason, needs it to curve back to the left. Anybody who starts a ball on the other side of that line, they need it to curve to the right. But the person who can get the ball to go up the line to the base of the tree needs nothing but low scores, because that is the simplest shot in golf.

Fly Straight for Low Scores

When you look at your golf ball and you identify where it is starting its journey, then you can apply the word need according to where that journey is starting form. I want you to lose the need for curvature. I want you to lose the hook and slice spin by getting the ball started down your target line. When you do and you go through a good routine with a really good aim and then you make a good swing you do not need anything because that ball just went right through the center of that tree. That means that when it hits the green it is going to hit and it is going to stop. Why? Because I increased the revolutions of backspin because I lost the need for sidespin.


ACTIVITY FEED

The Proper Way to Release Your Club (and Fix Your Slice) Hitch a ride to heaven so that you release your club properly and stop slicing
Learn the Proper Backswing Club Position Ideally your left arm, wrist and clubface should be on the same plane at the top of the swing
Flying Right Elbow Golf Fix for Pulling Shots Try this Head Cover Drill to keep your right elbow close to your body on the backswing and eliminate on over-the-top swing