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  1. 1. ==== ====How to improve your golf shotshttp://www.websreviews.com/uncovers/thegolfnut==== ====What Causes A Golf Shot To Curve?If you can learn what causes a golf ball to behave in a particular manner then you will be betterable to understand the cause of an wayward shot and better able to produce a particular shotshape when you need it. There are two key factors which determine the shape of a golf shot:1) The direction the club head (CH) is traveling at impact.2) The direction the club face (CF) is looking at impact.Just for a moment dont think about anything but the club and the ball. Forget the target. This willmake it much easier to understand ball flight characteristics. Well bring the target into the picturein just a minute.Initial Line of Flight - This is always determined by the swing path the CH is on at the time ofimpact with the ballIf the club face happens to be looking in the same direction that the CH is moving at impact, thenthe ball will go straight along the path of the CH.If the club face is looking to the left of the path the CH is on then the ball will curve left, but ONLYAFTER it first goes straight along the path of the CH. This is called a draw or hook depending onhow severely the club face is looking to the left of the CH path.Conversely, if the club face is looking to the right of the path the CH is on, then the ball will curveto the right after it first goes straight along the path the CH is on. This is called a slice or fade.Before we go any further in this discussion on shaping golf shots, we want to make sure youunderstand the relationships just discussed. Then we will make practical application of theinformation.The ball is compressed against the club face and initially sent in the direction the CH is moving,not the direction the club face is looking.If the club face was looking either left or right of the CH path then as the ball leaves the face of theclub it will have two types of spin. It will have back spin and side spin. The backspin will be thedominant spin at first and the ball will go straight along the path the CH was moving on.As the backspin starts to diminish then the side spin will take over and the ball will curve left orright depending upon the club face alignment at the time of impact.
  2. 2. GOLF SHOT BASICSYour target has absolutely nothing to do with what happens to the golf ball. When you see picturesor drawings of golf shots that include the target it can be confusing unless you understand thetarget is completely passive. The only two active elements are the direction the club head ismoving and the direction the club face is looking. For the most part, the movement of theshoulders will dictate the CH path and your hands will dictate where the club face is lookingthrough impact. Obviously, there are other variables which affect shoulder movement or handposition. When a shot goes astray however, these two were independently manipulated or causedto be manipulated by some other swing part. Lets consider the two basic types of curving golfshots, the hook which curves left and the slice which curves right. Then we will look at all of thedifferent combinations of shot possibilities. A hook shot will go farther and tend to get into moretrouble because the club face has been closed or"Shut Down" which takes loft off the club. Thisresults in less backspin and lower trajectory. This means the ball will be more severely affected bythe hook side spin because there is less backspin to dominate. Consequently, the ball lands at ahigher velocity and produces more roll following impact. The slice, on the other hand will havemore backspin because more loft has been given the club face when it is "Opened Up."Consequently, the side spin will not be as dominant as with the hook. Due to the higher trajectory,the ball lands with less forward velocity and consequently has less roll than the equivalent hook.PRO SHOTSMany pros favor the fade (small slice) because it is more controllable and the loss of distance isnta problem for them. They will save the draw (small hook) or hook for certain holes that set up forthe right to left curving shot and for special shots to avoid obstacles.The pros who do favor the hook, generally are shorter in length and feel they need the additionaldistance. However, they all try to hit curving shots... Not Straight Shots. After reading and studyingthis material, you too may decide to work on purposely curving your shots.If you have a 50 yard wide fairway and know you will slice the ball, then you can aim down the leftside of the fairway and have about 45 yards of fairway to work with. If it goes straight you still havefive yards to work with.If you aim down the middle you only have 25 yards to work with, no matter which way your shotcurves. If you dont hit the ball straight then youre probably in trouble. The pros are hitting tofairways about twice as wide as their amateur brothers and sisters, because they are using theentire fairway. Can you see why they hit more fairways? They follow these same principles ontheir approach shots to the green.THE STRAIGHT SHOTThe Straight Shot is a shot that heads directly at your target. The CH is on a path that coincideswith your target line. And, the club face is looking directly down both the CH path line and yourtarget line.THE PULL SHOTThe Pull is a shot that goes straight, but is to the left of your target. It is caused by the CH pathbeing across your target line from outside to inside. This normally would produce a fade or slice ifthe CH face was looking at your target line, but with the pull the CH face is actually closed to yourtarget line and square to your actual CH path. In other words the CH face is looking in the same
  3. 3. direction the CH is moving. And, that is to the left of your intended target line.THE PUSH SHOTThe Push is a shot that goes straight, but is to the right of your target. It is caused by the club pathbeing across your target line from inside to outside. This normally would produce a draw or hook ifthe CH face was looking at your target line, but with the Push the CH face is actually opened toyour target line and square to your actual CH path. In other words the CH face is looking in thesame direction the CH is moving. And, that is to the right of your intended target line.THE HOOK SHOTThe Hook or Draw is a shot that starts straight for your target then curves to the left. The CH wasmoving down your target line, but the CH face was closed (looking to the left of your CH path). Ifthe ball only curved a little to the left it would be a Draw. It would tell you the CH face was onlyslightly closed in relation to your CH path. Perhaps you have already thought about it, but the hookor draw is simply the Straight shot from the earlier section with a closed CH face.THE SLICE SHOTThe Slice or Fade is a shot that starts straight for your target then curves to the right. The CH wasmoving down your target line, but the CH face was open (looking to the right of your CH path). Ifthe ball only curved a little to the right it would be a Fade. It would tell you the CH face was slightlyopen in relation to your CH path. Perhaps you have already thought about it, but the Slice or Fadeis simply the Straight shot from the earlier section with an open club face.THE PULL HOOK SHOTThe Pull Hook or Pull Draw is a shot that starts left of your target then curves even more to the left.The CH goes across your target line from outside to inside and the CH face is closed (looking tothe left of your CH path). If the ball only curved a little to the left it would be a Draw. It would tellyou the CH face was only slightly closed in relation to your CH path. Perhaps you have alreadythought about it, but the Pull Hook or Pull Draw is simply the Pull shot from the earlier section witha closed CH face.THE PULL SLICE SHOTThe Pull Slice or Pull Fade is a shot that starts left of your target then curves to the right. It canend up either right or left of your intended target depending on the relative amount of Pull versusthe amount of Slice or Fade. The CH moves across your target line from outside to inside, but theCH face is open (looking to the right of your CH path). If the ball only curved a little to the right itwould be a Pull Fade. It would tell you the CH face was only slightly open in relation to your CHpath. Perhaps you have already thought about it, but the Pull Slice or Pull Fade is simply the Pullshot from the earlier section with an open CH face.THE PUSH HOOK SHOTThe Push Hook or Push Draw is a shot that starts right of your target then curves to the left. It canend up either right or left of your intended target depending on the relative amount of Push versusthe amount of Hook or Draw. The CH moves across your target line from inside to outside, but theCH face is closed (looking to the left of your CH path). If the ball only curved a little to the left itwould be a Push Draw. It would tell you the CH face was only slightly closed in relation to your CHpath. Perhaps you have already thought about it, but the Push Hook or Push Draw is simply thePush shot from the earlier section with a closed CH face.
  4. 4. THE PUSH SLICE SHOTThe Push Slice or Push Fade is a shot that starts right of your target then curves more to the right.The CH moves across your target line from inside to outside, but the CH face is open (looking tothe right of your CH path). If the ball only curved a little to the right it would be a Push Fade. Itwould tell you the CH face was only slightly open in relation to your CH path. Perhaps you havealready thought about it, but the Push Slice or Push Fade is simply the Push shot from the earliersection with an open CH face.GOLF SHOT SUMMARYIn summary, the Pull Hook and the Push Slice are the two most dramatic shot shapes. The PullHook starts left then curves left. The Push Slice starts right then curves right. In contrast, the PullSlice and the Push Hook both start by going away from your target, but then curve back towardyour target. Many amateur golfers slice the ball, because they aim the club face at their target butcut across the target line. This generates a Pull Slice. To compensate, many will try to close theclub face to offset the slice only to find that they either have hit the ball way off line to the left, orthey hit it dead straight, but left of the target.If your divots arent pointing straight down your intended target line, then the only way the ball canend up back on line is through a compensating change in CH face alignment. If your divots aregoing left of your target line, the necessary compensating change normally will cost you distancebecause it uses some of your CH speed to create side spin to bring the ball back on line while alsoincreasing back spin due to added loft.We have explained the basic shot shapes possible and how to use them. The best shot shape foryou will depend on a number of variables such as age, flexibility, strength, physical characteristics,and the amount of time you have available and are willing to spend practicing.You may conclude that it is hard enough just hitting the ball generally in the direction of your targetand decide not to try and shape your shots. You may try to work with a more controlled fade ordraw or you may be among the few individuals who can work effectively with both the fade anddraw.In any case, the explanations of what determines the direction a golf shot takes should help you tobetter understand some of your wayward shots. Once you understand your wayward shots you willbe better prepared to eliminate them.John "Sandy" Reese is the founder of Golf Lab and the inventor of the REESO Putter. TheREESO putter is the ultimate game improvement putter. It uses a patented rear mount shaftdesign to produce an "Auto Tracking" putting stroke. The open frame mallet head design framesthe golf ball for ease of alignment. Its patent pending "Easy Fit" shaft mounting design allows thegolfer to easily adjust the putter lie angle for a perfect fit. And, it maintains perfect face balance atany line angle from 10 degrees to 22 degrees. A soft feel and good distance control are achievedusing a patent pending vertical groove face design. Dual weight ports allow the golfer to adjustputter weight over a wide range to accommodate various playing conditions and personalpreferences. The REESO putter is available right or left handed in lengths from 29 inches to 54
  5. 5. inches. Conventional, Mid/Belly, Long/Broomstick, and Face-On/Side Saddle styles are offered.This USGA conforming design even permits use of interchangeable shaft/grip units. So, forexample, a golfer can have a Conventional and a Belly style putter using the same putter head.Golf Lab (REESO Putters) offers a game improvement section of Golf Tips. Click Here to SeeThem: Golf Swing Tips and Instruction.You may also view an introductory video about the features and benefits of the new 2010 REESOVTX putter here: See Breakthrough Game Improvement Putter.Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=J._Sandy_Reese==== ====How to improve your golf shotshttp://www.websreviews.com/uncovers/thegolfnut==== ====

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