Working the ball toward the hole and away from trouble is easier than you think. Playing a controlled curve on the ball allows players to attack certain hole positions. Here is an easy way to help fade or draw the ball without much tinkering with your swing.
In order to draw the ball, keep your hands above the shaft. Make a practice swing and think high hands, low club head. Rehearse this finish position, and you will automatically guide your swing on a more inside-out plane that prompts you to make an aggressive release through impact in order to keep the club head below your hands. An inside path and full release of your hands are the tell-tale traits of a solid draw swing.
To fade it, keep your hands and shaft level. Take your normal address position and make a practice swing. Finish with your hands and the shaft nearly level. It helps to think "low hands, high club head." Rehearse this position, and you will establish a swing that moves the ball a bit across the line through impact and gives you that left-to-right cut spin you need to hit a fade.
- Doug Comer is the Director of Golf at the Clarksburg Country Club and the men's and women's golf coach at Fairmont State University.
Jeremy Rogers of Buckhannon finished in a tie for 19th at last week's West Virginia Open, firing rounds of 74, 76 and 72. Alasdir Forsythe of Elkins finished 41st after shooting 77,76, and 74. Mike Rogers of Buckhannon finished 45th with scores of 78, 75 and 75.
The Christian Golfers Association of North Central West Virginia held an outing at the Riverbend Golf Club, and the team of Darrell Linger, Michelle Linger, Neale Hinkle and Charlie Straley carded a 33 to take top honors. The team of Ron Shingleton, Sandy Shingleton, Harry Grose and Larry Wamsley carded a 35.
Hole of the Week
The par-3, ninth hole at the Clarksburg Country Club plays longer than its listed 133 or 161 yards because of the uphill fairway to the elevated green. Landing short of the green will make your shot shorter as it rolls back down the slope. To the left are woods, and to the right are trees. Being long could jeopardize cars traveling into the course as the road to the clubhouse is only a few yards behind the green.
Universal Golf Law
A ball hit to the wrong green will always land 2 feet from the hole.