6 Leading ‘Death Moves’ – And How To Fix Each One | directions



Poor driving performance kills your confidence, but chances are you only need a small adjustment to get yourself back on track. Rob Labritz, a New York-based master swinger, shares six of the most common swing mistakes that make amateurs off the tee and how to fix them.

Find out if you’re doing any of these driving ‘death moves’ and what simple fixes you need to get your driving performance back on track. Discover The complete chain of command On Golf Digest Schools to enhance consistency, distance and ball flight.

1. Aim the far right of the target

Improper alignment can affect more than just the direction of your ball. According to Labritz, shooting too far to the right also causes golfers to go over the top, which results in a large chip and loss of power.

Practicing with an alignment bar is one of the easiest ways to train your aim and reduce your chances of getting over the top. To do this, place an alignment stick in line with your target, just outside the position of the ball. When you step over the ball, make sure that your feet, knees, and hips are square for the alignment bar.

If you’re someone who needs one last look before you pull the trigger, Labritz says to remember to turn your head, not your entire upper torso. Players who align too far to the right, you have a tendency to move your entire upper torso when hitting the target.

2. Playing the ball too far forward

Many golfers play the ball too far into their stance. A few inches may not seem like a big deal, but when the ball goes up in stance, the shoulders tend to lean on it. This means that the lead shoulder goes down, while the trail shoulder stays really high.

This forces the club to naturally want to move straight up, down and across the ball, Labritz says. Which leads to bad slices and big hooks.

To promote proper ball placement, Labritz says to practice on alignment bars. Place one stick on the target line and one in line with the ball. Your ball and alignment rod should align with your main armpit.

“When you first set up the ball like that, you will feel like the ball is too far in your stance. That’s okay. You know it’s not because you have your stick,” Labritz says.

Your ball’s flight will stretch the more you practice with the alignment bar in position, Labritz says.

3. Expand your position

Golfers often make their stance wider because they want to swing harder and crush their drive, Labritz says. However, he explains that this will actually cause him to swing back and swing back. What we all know results in inconsistent flights and shooting patterns.

Again, Labritz’s key to fixing this error is to use your alignment bars. Place the sticks on the goal line and position of the ball, then assume a shoulder-width position. Focus on maintaining a stable base as you perform some twists, and feel balanced through the end, Labritz says.

“This will keep your body rotating properly, improve your balance and prevent you from rolling too far from the golf ball,” says Labritz.

4. Do not tilt the spine

Do your drives fly too low? This is probably due to your lack of spinal tilt in your setup. Hobbyists usually make the mistake of setting up to drive like an iron shot, Labritz says, with their spine too straight up and down. But because the ball is on the tee, this hinders it from getting up in the air.

To add a little height to your drives, tilt your spine slightly off target when setting up. The ball will fly higher, straighter and may even go an extra mile!

5. Short and fast swings.

A big mistake golfers make when trying to kill the ball is a shorter, faster swing. This usually results in an erratic and inconsistent spherical flight. The Labritz “1-2, 3-4” exercise will help smooth your swing and curb your strikes.

Set up the ball normally and count to four when you hit your shot.

Think: one, two in the back, and three, four in the swing.

According to Labritz, this simple trick will slow your swing down and help you hit more paths.

6. Overlook the ball

Missing shots left is a common problem players make. It’s usually the result of the club turning too far inward and closing the face too hard on impact, Labritz says. The best way to combat this is to steer left.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Opening your feet and aiming left helps your club function more naturally on the outside, Labritz says. The final piece is to feel like you are holding your face open on impact. This will take the hook right out of your game and help you find the right path more often.

These six death moves and their fixes are drawn from the Labritz series in Golf Digest Schools. Check out the entire programme here To increase your confidence off the tee and call your drives.

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