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Greetings from Suzanne Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Absolutes

Four Shaft Positions
Continuing from last week, I would like to share with you the Absolutes of Correct Shaft Positions. When I’m looking down the target line and behind you swinging the club four distinctive positions should be visible:

  • As your hands reach your trail hip (Right hip for right handed players) the butt of the club should point at the target.
  • Just after your hands pass your trail hip position, your hands will be hinging and the shaft will travel up the plane. (Not continue around the body, but up). At the top the shaft should now be pointing to the target again.
  • The most important indicator of crisp ball contact and correct direction is the shaft pointing at the target again as your arms and hands return down the plane to the point in front of the trail hip again.
  • At the full completion of the swing, the shaft is more horizontal than vertical. Hands behind left ear and slightly higher than club head. This will indicate proper body rotation through impact.

Practice Your Check Points
I hope this help your practice and gives you ‘Check-Points’ to look for as you work towards an efficient swing.
See you on my Lesson T!

Regards,
Suzanne
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PLUGGED?
A golf ball in the face of a greenside bunker is a scary prospect for many a club golfer; a golf ball plugged in the face of a greenside bunker is a disaster waiting to happen.

When faced with this unfortunate scenario there are a few things to consider: How will the ball react out of the sand? How hard do I need to hit it? What club do I need to use? How far do I want the ball to go?

These are all difficult questions to answer but here are some tips that will help you to be more confident in your execution – whichever option you choose.
PLAYING OUT OF A PLUGGED LIE
  • Close the club face to reduce your club’s bounce; helping you to dig under the ball
  • Get the weight onto the front foot to promote a descending blow
  • Pick a spot an inch behind the ball
  • Make a committed strike

There are two more questions that should be asked when you’re faced with a plugged lie; “How big is my target area”, and “What’s on the other side of it?”These are important questions because the same technique that makes sure the ball gets out of the bunker in the first place will also cause it to come out lower and with less spin – so it will roll.If your target area is small and there’s water or a hazard beyond it you should consider playing safe; either aiming away from target or (if you’re confident with normal bunker shots) even moving the ball sideways, keeping it in the bunker but getting an even lie.It’s a tricky scenario; what would you do?

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