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Poor Accuracy

Poor Accuracy refers to lack of control and consistency with getting the ball to go to one's intended target. Poor Accuracy could be used to describe lack of distance control or lack of directional control. Having a square clubface, an on plane swing, good alignment and good speed control are all important factors in being accurate.

Poor Accuracy Drills

Poor Accuracy Tips

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  • Considtency in the Set Up Equals Consistent Strikes

    A consistent set up is crucial to consistent driving. If you play your ball position too far back, you can end up with a push. If you play it too far forward you can end up pulling the shot. Reaching for the ball can cause you to swing back too flat, whereas standing too close can cause you to pick the club up on too steep of a plane. Standing up too tall can also cause a flat backswing, whereas bending over too much can cause your shoulders to rotate on a steep plane. You simply must do the same thing every time in order achieve a consistent and predictable ball flight.

  • Your Entire Swing Takes Place Inside the Target Line

    Because you are standing to the inside of the golf ball and are turning your shoulders, your swing should take place on the inside of the target line. The only reason it should cross over and get on the outside of the target line would be if you want to intentionally cut or slice the ball. It's important to keep your upper arms snug to your chest to keep your arms working in connection with your pivot.

  • The Sweet Spot is the Key

    Hitting the sweet spot is a must to maximize accuracy and distance with your driver. To check where you are hitting you can buy face tape or face spray at your local golf superstore. If you can't find those simply use a dry erase marker and color the face of your driver. All of these options will show you a nice ball mark on the face where you are making contact. Knowing where you are striking the ball on the face will give you great feedback about your swing.

  • Checking Your Swing Plane is Simple

    Mastering your swing plane is simple. At all times in your swing, your club will either be pointed at or parallel to your target line. If you can check that at various points in your swing, you will be sure to stay on plane. At address, your club is pointed to the target line. Then on your first move back it will run parallel to it by time the club reaches parallel to the ground. After you then cock your wrists, your club will be pointed back to the target line and so on.

  • Use One Hand For Feel

    Putt with one hand to get feel. Many pros use this drill to try to gain more feel and hand eye coordination. More commonly, they use the rear hand. Using the rear hand can also give you a feel for releasing the putter face which will prevent pushes. This will help increase accuracy on short putts.

  • Backswing and Forward Swing are Mirror Images

    The back swing and forward swing (after impact) should be mirror images of each other. Halfway back in the backswing and halfway through in the follow through, the butt end of your club should be pointed back at the target line. If it is pointed outside of the target line your swing is too flat. If it is pointed inside the target line your swing is too steep.

  • Keep Your Club on Plane on Both Sides

    The club should be on plane on both sides of the swing. The swing plane doesn't stop at impact, but rather continues through the follow through and finish. Remember the backswing and follow through should be mirror images of one another. Typically, if you are on a flat plane on the backswing, your downswing and follow through will match and also be flat. This means you have a single plane between your backswing, downswing and follow through. We get into trouble, when the backswing and downswing planes vary greatly.

  • Your Left Elbow Should Point at the Target Line at Half Way

    To help check your swing plane, when you are half way back in your swing, your left elbow (for right handers) should point back at the target line. If your elbow points too much in front of you (outside the target line) your club will lay back on a flat plane. If your elbow points inside the target line the shaft will tip over the swing plane.

  • Keep Your Hands in the Lead

    To store your energy and unleash it into the ball, make sure your hands stay in the lead well in front of the club head on the way down. Allowing the clubhead to pass your hands before impact throws all the energy out of the golf club and causes deceleration. When the clubhead passes your hands you are no longer in control of it either. This can cause shots to spray left and right or come out thin or fat.

  • Keep Increasing Acceleration

    When driving be sure to gradually build your acceleration throughout the downswing so that it hits peak speed at the ball. If you jump at the ball from the top of your swing and try to hit it hard, you will actually be decelerating by time you get to the ball. Accelerating from the top also throws off your kinematic sequence and causes your swing to get out of sync. This not only decreases your speed, but can also throw your swing off plane.

  • Keep Your Arms and Chest in Sync

    When pitching, in order to have consistent strikes it's important to keep your arms and chest swinging in sync. This holds partially true for the hips as well. The last thing you want on a small finesse type shot is to have different body parts accelerating at different rates of speed. For instance if you fire your hips and spin them open, but leave your arms lagging behind you are likely to come into impact late and with an open face. The opposite is true if your arms out race your body, you are likely to pull shots. When you keep everything moving at the same rate of rotation however, you are more likely to deliver the face to impact square.

  • Your Swing Plane Varies a Bit Between Clubs

    Your swing plane will vary a slight bit when you go from shorter to longer clubs. As the club gets longer, the plane will flatten. Allow the design of the club and your slight change in posture to alter your swing plane. Don't try to swing differently, but just let the club length and set up do their job. It's hard enough to master one swing!

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