Golf Digest editors picks
Quick Tips

My Checklist

When you really need to hit the fairway

October 2012

TEE IT LOW
Teeing the ball down promotes a lower trajectory, which gets the ball on the ground quicker and, therefore, is easier to control. Both draws and fades have a better chance of staying in play on a lower flight. Teeing the ball high helps you catch it on the upswing for more carrygreat for distance but not for finding the short grass.

GRIP DOWN AN INCH
Shortening the length of the club is a good way to increase control over your tee shots. You might sacrifice a little yardage when you grip down because the shorter shaft results in a slightly slower swing speed. But what you lose in speed, you'll make up for in better contact and a more penetrating ball flight. You might end up hitting it straighter and farther.

KEEP IT COMPACT
The longer your backswing, the harder it is to return the clubface to square at impact. By keeping the length of your swing under control, you'll reduce the number of tee shots you spray off line. I want to feel like the clubshaft stays short of parallel going back. This prevents a long, loose position at the top and sets up a smooth transition into the downswing.

STAY BELOW THE TREETOPS
On demanding tee shots, I picture a "ceiling" that connects the tops of the trees from one side to the other. Then I try to keep my drive below that ceiling. This image helps me swing more down the fairway and less up on the ball, as many amateurs do. If you launch the ball on a flat trajectory, you'll increase your chances of starting it on the line you picked and give yourself a good look at the green.

ISHIKAWA, 20, has nine wins on the Japan Golf Tour, the first coming when he was only 15.

Around The Web
Subscribe to Golf Digest
Subscribe today
 
Advertisement