Martin's Blog: How to fix golf's most fatal flaws

By Martin HallOctober 3, 2012, 11:30 pm

CHAPTER 27:
In my decades of teaching, I’ve seen hundreds of swing faults. Here are four of the worst and most common I see and how to fix them:

1. Poor Grip: The most common flaw I see is people putting the club in the palm of their hand. You need your left hand heel pad on the club, put the back of the right hand on the right thigh then bring it to the club that way. You also need a little bit of a right side body tilt.

2. Hands Out, Club In Takeaway: People get the club too flat and horizontal to the ground. Think of the left hand moving on an inner rail and the right hand moving on an outer rail and a laser coming out of your right index finger. This keeps the club outside your hands going back.

3. Too Narrow At The Top: To get to a proper position at the top of the swing, lift your club and put it on your right shoulder with the shaft horizontal to the ground. That will give you wrist cock. Then make a back turn to the right with your hips and torso. Next, push your hands away from your body and that will be a beautiful position to be in at the top.

4. Awful Post-Impact Look: Practice hitting low shots from a traditional head and ball position. That forces you to let your hands lead and not flip the club.

CliffsNotes:

• We discussed junior golf a decent bit on this week’s show. Here’s a drill all juniors should be practicing, and it works pretty good for adults, too. Paint a white line on the ground to try and get the bottom of the arc in the right place on every swing. The key is to hit the ground on the white line consistently, so make practice swings and hit balls while trying to brush the white line.

• PGA TOUR winner and former U.S. Ryder Cup team member Chris DiMarco joined us as a special guest to talk junior golf, his swing and his unique putting grip. To quiet the hands in putting try the claw grip. Put your left hand on as you would normally with the thumb down the shaft. Then put the right hand underneath very light in a claw-style fashion. Then take the putter back and stroke it through.


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Manuel de la Torre’s book “Understanding the Golf Swing” has great swing advice for players of all ability levels, and in this video segment, Martin breaks down what he views as four of de la Torre’s most valuable concepts. Watch Video

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In this video, Martin shows you the biggest flaws he sees around the green and how you can eliminate those mistakes from your short game. Watch Video

Homework Assignment:

• Purge the Fatal Flaws

• Brush the White Line for Solid Contact

Next week’s show: Chapter 28: Releasing the Club, Wednesday 7PM ET

• I’ll discuss the importance of releasing the club and teach you how to do it. I’ll also teach you how to swing the club and stay in peak physical shape like Adam Scott, while Holly Sonders will help answer viewer questions and assist with the instruction.

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Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 11:04 pm

Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.

While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.

He went on to earn a spot at the Tour Championship, and Hadwin made his first career Presidents Cup appearance in October. Now the Canadian returns to Palm Springs, eager to improve on last year's result and hoping to earn a spot in the final group for a third straight year after a T-6 finish in 2016.

"A lot of good memories here in the desert," Hadwin told reporters. "I feel very comfortable here, very at home. Lots of Canadians, so it's always fun to play well in front of those crowds and hopefully looking forward to another good week."

Hadwin's 59 last year was somewhat overshadowed, both by the fact that he didn't win the event and that it came just one week after Justin Thomas shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open. But he's still among an exclusive club of just eight players to have broken 60 in competition on Tour and he's eager to get another crack at La Quinta on Saturday.

"If I'm in the same position on 18, I'm gunning for 58 this year," Hadwin said, "not playing safe for 59."

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Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 10:39 pm

When it comes to Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson, there are plenty of common bonds. Both starred at Arizona State, both are now repped by the same agency and Rahm's former college coach and agent, Tim Mickelson, now serves full-time as his brother's caddie.

Those commonalities mean the two men have played plenty of practice rounds together, but the roads quickly diverge when it comes to on-course behavior. Rahm is quick, fiery and decisive; Mickelson is one of the most analytical players on Tour. And as Rahm told reporters Wednesday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, those differences won't end anytime soon.

"I don't need much. 'OK, it's like 120 (yards), this shot, right," Rahm said. "And then you have Phil, it's like, 'Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like one mile an hour wind sideways, it's going to affect it one yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They're thinking, and I'm like, 'I'm lost.' I'm like, 'God if I do that thought process, I could not hit a golf shot.'"


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The tactics may be more simplified, but Rahm can't argue with the results. While Mickelson is in the midst of a winless drought that is approaching five years, Rahm won three times around the world last year and will defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.

Both men are in the field this week in Palm Springs, where Mickelson will make his 2018 debut with what Rahm fully expects to be another dose of high-level analytics for the five-time major winner with his brother on the bag.

"It's funny, he gets to the green and then it's the same thing. He's very detail-oriented," Rahm said of Mickelson. "I'm there listening and I'm like, 'Man, I hope we're never paired together for anything because I can't think like this. I would not be able to play golf like that. But for me to listen to all that is really fun."

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DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 9:16 pm

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is already one of the longest hitters in golf, so he's not looking for any changes to be made to golf ball technology - despite comments from him that hinted at just such a notion two months ago.

Johnson is in the Middle East this week for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told BBC Sport Wednesday that he wouldn't be in favor of making changes to the golf ball in order to remedy some of the eye-popping distances players are hitting the ball with ever-increasing frequency.

"It's not like we are dominating golf courses," Johnson said. "When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy? I don't really understand what all the debate is about because it doesn't matter how far it goes; it is about getting it in the hole."

Johnson's rhetorical question might be answered simply by looking back at his performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this month, an eight-shot romp that featured a tee shot on the 433-yard 12th hole that bounded down a slope to within inches of the hole.

Johnson appeared much more willing to consider a reduced-distance ball option at the Hero World Challenge in November, when he sat next to tournament host Tiger Woods and supported Woods' notion that the ball should be addressed.

"I don't mind seeing every other professional sport, they play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball," Johnson said. "In baseball, the guys that are bigger and stronger, they can hit a baseball a lot further than the smaller guys. ... I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage."

Speaking Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, Johnson stood by the notion that regardless of whether the rules change or stay the same, he plans to have a leg up on the competition.

"If the ball is limited then it is going to limit everyone," he said. "I'm still going to hit it that much further than I guess the average Tour player."

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LPGA lists April date for new LA event

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 17, 2018, 8:18 pm

The LPGA’s return to Los Angeles will come with the new Hugel-JTBC Open being played at Wilshire Country Club April 19-22, the tour announced Wednesday.

When the LPGA originally released its schedule, it listed the Los Angeles event with the site to be announced at a later date.

The Hugel-JTBC Open will feature a 144-player field and a $1.5 million purse. It expands the tour’s West Coast swing, which will now be made up of four events in California in March and April.

The LPGA last played in Los Angeles in 2005. Wilshire Country Club hosted The Office Depot in 2001, with Annika Sorenstam winning there.