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One Simple Line = Better Ball Striking By: Shelley Woolner, CPGA Teaching Professional

Shelley Woolner You witness it week after week while watching tour events. Although the Pros may have noticeable swing differences, there is one line that they commonly share. This line is the one instructors draw during a video lesson from down the line, through the shaft of their student's club.

Sure, there is always exceptions to every rule. During their upswing, some players may be a bit above, a bit under, or like Jim Furyk, a lot above, but they all are back on track during the bottom half of their downswing and during pre-impact. Or else, INCONSISTENT BALL STRIKING! Sure, there is always exceptions to every rule. During their upswing, some players may be a bit above, a bit under, or like Jim Furyk, a lot above, but they all are back on track during the bottom half of their downswing and during pre-impact. Or else, INCONSISTENT BALL STRIKING!

If the player returns the club head under the line(shallow), the results will vary from low, to a push, a hook or potentially a topped shot! If the club head is approaching the ball from above the line (steep), one will pull, slice and possibly hit the ball higher than expected with the chosen club. All the above ball flights are partially the outcome of this one reason: IMPROPER path of club head!

I have seen some interesting swings from both amateurs and professionals in the past 30 years of teaching. Some of which made me ask - how does THAT SWING work - with puzzlement? Unusual grips, different takeaways, bent arms, poor body positions at impact, abbreviated finishes, head movement - name it and the moves are all there. Their moves work because they found the Cure: They found that magical line to deliver their club head to the back of the ball. And if they have grooved this "slot", they will be able to repeat proper impact positions over and over again.

Sounds simple in theory! I admit, there are other components that I have left out for now, but if the club head is both square and on the proper line coming into the ball at impact, the outcome will improve drastically.

You will experience the following results:
1. Better Distance
2. Better Direction
3. Better Trajectory
4. CONSISTENCY

Sounds too good to be true but what else is there to scoring to your potential? I almost forgot! If it's important to full swings, imagine the difference it can also make to short game! In summary, if you wish to improve your ball striking, you need to find this "simple little line" and the Links for Women golf instructors can do just that!



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