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Fault fixes: Hitting it further

Fault fixes: Hitting it further

Not long enough off the tee? The Pro at The Shack can help...
 

Hitting it further

A disturbing new trend has entered my game in the last few weeks – I’m losing stacks of distance off the tee.

I’ve no real idea where the ball is coming off the face of the driver. Some are out of the roof, some out of the heel. What I do know is that not enough tee shots are being met out of the middle of the clubface.

There was only one place to turn, so I packed myself off to The Shack to let the Pro take a look.

Inconsistent

The Pro had me hit a few drives and, using Trackman, saw straight away the inconsistency not only of strike but of spin as well.

He noticed quickly that my swing always goes across the ball, on an out-to-in path, which meant I got a little bit steep on the shot. Fine for an iron, not for a driver.

The Pro said we needed to flatten, or shallow, my swing out a touch.

The drill

The Pro wanted me to feel like the ball was teed up almost shoulder high and like I was swinging around – almost like a baseball swing.

I am left handed and play golf the conventional way. But my left hand is dominant and was working to block the swing. I couldn’t get a proper release and, consequently, the swing wasn’t shallow enough.

By repeating the baseball swing drill, and feeling as if I was extending my right arm into the air, I felt like my body was turning much more into the ball and that the right side was much more involved.

The results were dramatic. From an average of 215 yards, I was suddenly hitting drives 235 – a massive improvement.

Key points

1 – Baseball swing

2 – Release right hand

Steve Carroll

Steve Carroll

A journalist for 25 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former club captain, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the R&A's prestigious Tournament Administrators and Referees Seminar.

Steve has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying, PGA Fourball Championship, English Men's Senior Amateur, and the North of England Amateur Championship. In 2023, he made his international debut as part of the team that refereed England vs Switzerland U16 girls.

A part of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap. He currently floats at around 11.

Steve plays at Close House, in Newcastle, and York GC, where he is a member of the club's matches and competitions committee and referees the annual 36-hole scratch York Rose Bowl.

Having studied history at Newcastle University, he became a journalist having passed his NTCJ exams at Darlington College of Technology.

What's in Steve's bag: TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver, 3-wood, and hybrids; TaylorMade Stealth 2 irons; TaylorMade Hi-Toe, Ping ChipR, Sik Putter.

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