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Blading the ball is a term that defines a strike that is too high on the golf ball. It is typically where the leading edge of the golf club hits the golf ball at it's equator or higher. The result is an extremely low lofted shot with a lot of top spin. This makes controlling the ball difficult and is a huge problem around the greens.

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  • Your Pivot is Your Engine

    Allow your hips to keep pivoting towards the target. Think of your pivot as the engine for your swing. It's where you get your power and acceleration. The faster you pivot, the faster the clubhead will come through the ball. If your pivot stops or slows too soon, your hands will take over. This forces an early release of the clubhead. Loss of power and control result.

  • Don't Stop Your Hands

    Make sure to keep your hands accelerating towards the target. Stopping the hands too soon or decelerating in a short game shot can be detrimental resulting in chunked or skulled shots among other things. Remember to keep your pivot moving. Inconsistent strikes and an early release of the hands are often a result of a player's pivot stopping. Keep your pivot moving to keep your hands moving.

  • Take a Tiny Divot When Chipping

    When chipping, make sure to hit down on the shot and take a tiny divot. It's important to let the club get to the ground. Be careful not to fight gravity or to try to help the ball up! Remember to get the ball to pop back up in the air you need to hit down to use the loft on the face. The loft on the club will shoot the ball back up into the air for you.

  • Lean Left For Tight Lies

    When pitching, for tighter lies lean your weight onto your front foot. This will allow you to cut down sharply under the ball and pop it back up. Leaning back can cause you to bottom out to soon. The result is either a fat shot as your club enters the ground before the ball or a thin shot as you blade the ball catching it on the upswing. Remember for all short game shots swing down, not up, but be sure to shift your weight to your front foot.

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