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Weekly Fix: Ball-flight laws and having a proper grip

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Hi, I’m Tim Cooke, and welcome back to Weekly Fix, where we’re taking a closer look at your swings each week on GolfChannel.com.

This week, we’re going to take a look at Jeff’s swing.



I really like the pace at which Jeff swings the club and the way he accelerates, but Jeff tells us that he fights a pull hook from time to time and we want to help him get rid of that shot.

So in our video this week, we’ll discuss what’s happening when you hit a pull hook and we’ll look at the importance that your grip can play in trying to eliminate that shot from your bag.


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In summary this week, the tips I would suggest that everyone take away from this analysis would include the following:

• You never want to be in a rush with your golf swing. The goal is to create speed gradually so that you have maximum energy at impact.

• Understanding ball-flight laws is crucial when trying to figure out where your misses come from. In terms of a pull hook, the starting direction of the shot comes from a clubface that is pointed left of target for right-handed players and aimed right for lefties at impact. Also the clubface is closed in relation to the path at impact giving the ball its 'hook' flight.

• If you tend to hook the ball, there’s a good chance that you are playing with a closed clubface, which can happen easily if you grip the club with your lower hand too much in the palm. Instead, try to grip the club more in the fingers with your bottom hand.

Enjoy this week’s edition of Weekly Fix, and keep sending those videos to us at WeeklyFix@GolfChannel.com. We’ll be back with a new edition next week here at GolfChannel.com.

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