Simple (and Easy) Swing Adjustments

Sometimes we make golf seem too complicated by avoiding the adjustments that are the simplest and should be the most obvious. The adjustments below don’t require any swing changes – only slight set up changes. They improve your likelihood of a good shot.

NOTE: To easily see where on the face you are hitting the ball, buy some spray-on foot powder and spray it on the face. The ball will leave a temporary mark. The powder rubs right off when you are done.

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Problem:

You are consistently hitting the ball on the toe portion of the face

Adjustment:

Stand 1/2 to 1 inch closer to the ball. Sometimes addressing the ball on the heel of the clubhead helps until you get used to the ball position change.

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Problem:

You are consistently hitting the ball on the heel portion of the face

Adjustment:

Stand 1/2 to 1 inch farther from the ball. Sometimes addressing the ball on the toe of the clubhead helps until you get used to the ball position change. This is also a good temporary fix for shanking, although there are other more permanent corrections for it (like monitoring the amount of knee bend you have).

An alternate way to correct for hitting the ball on the heel portion of the face is standing a little more upright. In other words, don’t bend over quite as far as you currently do.

Experimentation on the range will tell you method works best to make your shots most consistent.

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Problem:

You are consistently hitting the ball near the top of the face – or skying it (hitting it on the top of your driver).

Adjustment:

Tee the ball 1/2 to 1 inch lower to the ground. Sometimes moving the ball toward the target in your stance will also fix this problem. That move promotes hitting up on the ball with the driver which has other advantages as well (see How to Hit Up on the Ball for More Driver Distance).

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Problem:

You are consistently hitting the ball near the bottom of the face – or topping it with your driver.

Adjustment:

Tee the ball 1/2 to 1 inch higher from the ground. Sometimes moving the ball away from the target in your stance will also fix this problem. That moves the ball back away from the target where you aren’t hitting up on the ball too much.

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Problem:

You are consistently hitting the ball near the bottom of the face – or topping it with clubs other than your driver.

Adjustment:

Move the ball position in your stance away from the target. That moves the ball back to where the bottom of your swing is or slightly behind the bottom point.

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As you can see, none of these are complicated adjustments. None involve a swing change. They are all setup changes with your usual swing.

Some simple swing adjustments are here:

Some Checkpoints For Straight, Long Shots

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