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


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

More video from Martin:

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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