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Date Posted: 17:45:46 06/12/00 Mon
Author: Peter
Subject: Re: back to basics
In reply to: Bob G 's message, "left hand square to target" on 16:42:28 06/12/00 Mon

I resemble that remark:-)

It has helped me to remember that slices (or hooks) are simply a result of face angle and path at impact. The nice thing about NG and IMA is that you are unlikely to have a path problem (assuming you face the ball at impact) so it come to face angle.

Four things are important for me to insure face angle is square at impact:

1) You grip the club correctly - IMA is very explicit about how to insure you grip the club in a way that will deliver a square (or open or closed as you desire) club face. This is on the full swing video and in the 'Ask Scott' archives at the site. Works regardless of whether you use NG or IMA.

2) Ball position - if it's too far back the face won't be square when it gets to the ball

3) Flat left wrist - You set up with a flat left wrist (explicit with IMA not so clear with NG). In the transition from backswing to downswing the clubhead inertia will put forces on the left wrist that will cause it to 'cup' (become concave instead of flat) unless you insure it doesn't happen. You can see the result for yourself, when the wrist cups the club face opens. This was extremely frustrating for me until I figured it out as one shot would go fine and the next would go WAY off. It is a bigger problem the longer the club.

4) Release the club - Seems obvious but the 'Square Tracking' drill had led me to believe I should try to 'hold off' and keep the club going down the line. Screwing with the release is a sure way to go right with either IMA or NG IMHO. It is however necessary with HSS (or you go left).

These are all the causes of my rights. I am careful with grip and ball position. The way I swing now release takes care of itself. As a result I focus more on maintaining a flat left wrist - at least today.


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