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

By Martin HallOctober 3, 2012, 11:30 pm

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.


• 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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Martin’s Library: “Understanding the Golf Swing” by Manuel de la Torre

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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Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.