The ball's going to pay attention to only two things, the club path and the club face.
What I'm going to do for you today is help you a little bit with the club path.
That's part of it.
You know the ball flight laws, right? You don't? Well here, this is easy.
Ball can go nine different ways.
It can go straight and it can keep going that way, you hope.
It could curve off to the right or it can curve off to the left.
There's three, right? The ball could start off to the right and continue that way or curve to the right or curve to the left and the same thing on the other side.
The ball can go nine different ways.
These are the world-famous ball flight laws.
Are they exactly accurate and perfect? No.
It's an idea.
From here down, meaning from here to here if this is the ball, here's your tootsies and you're swinging the club this way.
You're pulling it to the left.
The ball's going to first react to the path of the golf club because this thing is coming at it about 100 miles an hour and hits it.
The ball's going to go in the opposite direction that that thing's coming at.
Now if the club face, let's start over again.
Here's your path.
Here's the green.
Here's a little flag stick.
Let's say this is your path so the ball's going to start out this way but your club face was facing that flag stick.
It's open to the path.
The path of the club, it's a glancing blow so the ball will start here eventually, just like a pitcher throwing a curve ball.
It doesn't start curving right out of his hand.
It's two-thirds of the way or three-fourths of the way down to the plate before it starts really curving.
Then it gets here and it'll curve around and then it will eventually end up pretty close to where that curve face is pointing at the moment of impact.
Usually what we see more than not, here's the flag stick, somebody gets their path going halfway decent but their club face is open to the path so the ball starts off straight and then goes like this into the [inaudible 02:13].
All right? What we're going to concern ourself with today is the path and I'll show you one thing here.
You see this hitting station? Let me show you the hitting station first all by itself.
Hold one here, where'd it go? Well there it is from the side.
Here you go.
Nicolas was a fanatic about ...
Of course we didn't use these sticks, we didn't have these and I suggest you pick them up at Home Depot or Lowes.
They're called snow poles.
They're really for marking your driveway.
If you could see that one up there I put a little crooked.
He always put clubs on the ground.
I agree 1000% and I've always sort of tried to copy him.
The only thing I've done different here is I have this club at a 45 degree angle, I mean the stick, rather than flat on the ground.
It's a long story why I do that but anyway, here's something for your ball position.
Here's your path.
You can look at your divot and make sure your divot is square here.
I've come to the realization that if you're not aligned properly while you're practicing you're doing yourself more damage than good because you think you're lined up for point A, you're actually lined up to point B.
You're trying to get the ball to point A and you're going to do whatever it is you've gotta to in order to get that ball over to A come hell or high water.
There's where the real rub comes in here.
You've got to make sure that you're lined up properly when you're doing even just a drill, all right? Now I've got two sticks added on here.
One that's about 10 inches outside my right foot, another one's 10 inches outside my left foot so that I could go outside this stick, inside that stick, and then outside the other stick.
See? My path actually looks like if here's the ball, there's my feet, my path is actually here, here, here.
That's what it really looks like from the bird's eye view.
I'm going to hinge the head up, hinge the head up, up.
Look at this.
Hinge the head up, up.
See? Now I'm up here parallel to the plain.
What do I do? I let my arms just drop.
Just let them just drop.
This is the hard part because what happens is people what to surge to their left foot.
It's a turn not a roll.
I'm a little more inside-out than I'd like to be but this is a drill, keep in mind.
See? Look at the hands rotate over.
Boom, up I go.
If you're swinging over the top and pulling the ball this is the drill for you.
Again like I said set up the hitting station because you want to make sure you aim where you think you aim because a lot of people just swing over the top and pull the ball.
Part of the problem is they're aimed over here and the green's over here and that's why they swing over the top.
See? Come in from the inside, roll it over and away we go.
All right? If you're having trouble swinging over the top this should help you.
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