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3-Week Swing Rehab

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Week 1: Distance

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Golfers of all abilities have one thing in common: the desire for more distance. With the driver, yes, but also with the irons, so you can hit more greens. When it comes to wedges, distance is equally important—not for power but for distance control. In this video, Golf Digest 50 Best Teacher Brian Manzella shows you how to optimize your distance skills in these three areas.

SWING THOUGHTS

To hit your driver farther, maximize your body rotation going back
Move your trail foot back, away from the target line a few inches, to pre-set more turn
On your backswing with the driver, turn your belt buckle back as far as you can
From the top, feel like you keep your back to the target as you start down
To hit your irons longer, slow your hands about halfway down to transfer speed to the club
Hit your irons with the shaft leaning toward the target for ball-first contact
To become a great wedge player, get comfortable varying swing length and speed
On wedge shots, use your practice swings to dial in the right amount of effort
For partial wedges, swing back to a point where you can smoothly accelerate through
Week 2: Solid Contact
2 Week 2: Solid Contact
  • The three steps to unleashing tour-quality strikes
  • Mastering less-than-perfect lies around the green
  • How to find the center of your driver face every time

3-Week Swing Rehab

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Week 2: Solid Contact

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It’s impossible to hit every shot pure, even tour players do it less often than you might think. But, if you can learn what it takes to make predictable contact with each club, your shotmaking—and your misses—will improve. Here, teacher Brian Manzella demonstrates the things you need to do to get more consistency out of your driver, irons and wedges.

SWING THOUGHTS

To make solid iron contact, shift to your front foot to start the downswing
As you deliver the clubhead on iron shots, make sure your lead wrist is slightly arched
Through impact with an iron, turn your lead shoulder out of the way
From a good lie with a wedge, think of the swing as a soft tossing motion
In the rough with a wedge, plan to hit some grass before the ball, like a bunker shot
Off a bare lie with a wedge, get closer to the ball and try to scrape the ground under it
In the driver setup, beware of the ball getting too far back—front instep is the spot
At address with the driver, your insteps should line up with the outer edges of your shoulders
On the driver downswing, keep your head back, and let the clubhead go get the ball
Week 3: Ball Flight
3 Week 3: Ball Flight
  • Expanding your wedge arsenal with different trajectories
  • Eliminating the driver slice once and for all
  • Make the modern knockdown your new best friend

3-Week Swing Rehab

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Week 3: Ball Flight

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Once you’ve gained a grasp on how to make solid contact and optimize your distance, then you can start to play around with your trajectory and create different shots. Some situations require a low ball flight into the green, some high, and some are best played with some curve. In this video, Brian Manzella teaches you how to manage your ball control from tee to green.

SWING THOUGHTS

To play a running wedge shot, aim right, close the face and make a more rounded swing
For a high wedge shot with more backspin, aim left, open the face and swing left
To fix a slice on full swings, rotate the clubface toward the ground during the downswing
Slicing your driver? Focus on arm swing over body turn as you come down
For a draw, let the club release so the grip end points to the target at the finish
To set up for a knockdown iron, stand closer to the ball and lean more on your front foot
To hit a knockdown, go back three-quarters and “throw” the club sooner to a shorter finish

3-Week Swing Rehab

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Week 1: Distance
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Week 2: Solid Contact
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Week 3: Ball Flight
3-Week Swing Rehab INDEX
Week 1: Distance
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Week 1: Distance
  • Unlock a hidden 20 yards with your driver
  • How to hit shorter clubs into the greens
  • Putting the right amount of swing on a wedge
  • Unlock a hidden 20 yards with your driver
  • How to hit shorter clubs into the greens
  • Putting the right amount of swing on a wedge
Week 2: Solid Contact
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Week 2: Solid Contact
  • The three steps to unleashing tour-quality strikes
  • Mastering less-than-perfect lies around the green
  • How to find the center of your driver face every time
  • The three steps to unleashing tour-quality strikes
  • Mastering less-than-perfect lies around the green
  • How to find the center of your driver face every time
Week 3: Ball Flight
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Week 3: Ball Flight
  • Expanding your wedge arsenal with different trajectories
  • Eliminating the driver slice once and for all
  • Make the modern knockdown your new best friend
  • Expanding your wedge arsenal with different trajectories
  • Eliminating the driver slice once and for all
  • Make the modern knockdown your new best friend