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Butch Harmon: 10 Faults Fixed!

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Lesson 1: The Slice

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Learn Butch Harmon’s simple solution for eliminating a slice. In this video, Butch breaks down the cause of the slice and gives you the tools to sync up your swing, turn through the ball better, and hit with a square clubface.

SWING THOUGHTS

To fix a slice, grip with your lead hand turned back
Close your stance to hit more from the inside
If you’re slicing, keep the right shoulder back longer
Lesson 2: The Pull-Hook
2 Lesson 2: The Pull-Hook
  • Making a better backswing turn
  • How to transfer your weight coming down
  • The power of the step-through drill

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Lesson 2: The Pull-Hook

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The low pull-hook off the tee can get you in big trouble fast. Stop this fault in its tracks with this quick video from Butch Harmon. Learn to set up a good downswing on the backswing and drive powerfully through the ball.

SWING THOUGHTS

If you’re hitting a pull, focus on making a full turn back
To stop missing left, shift to your front side coming down
Try stepping through the ball to get rid of the pull
Lesson 3: The Shank
3 Lesson 3: The Shank
  • Butch’s secret for fairway woods
  • Why taking a divot produces better impact
  • Getting over the instinct to lift the ball

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Lesson 3: The Shank

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The toughest part about hitting a shank is the thought of hitting your next shot. In this video, Butch Harmon breaks down this all-too-common miss and gives you a handy drill to shank-proof your swing.

SWING THOUGHTS

Hit the ball from an inside path to head off a shank
To avoid shanking, don’t let the clubface flip closed
Set a headcover outside the ball and hit without touching it
Lesson 4: The Topped Shot
4 Lesson 4: The Topped Shot
  • Butch’s secret for fairway woods
  • Why taking a divot produces better impact
  • Getting over the instinct to lift the ball

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Lesson 4: The Topped Shot

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Topping your fairway wood from a perfect lie drives you crazy. Butch Harmon says stop trying to sweep these shots like you do a driver. Here, Butch teaches you how to hit down, even take a little divot.

SWING THOUGHTS

Play your fairway woods in line with your shirt logo
To flush your fairway woods, focus on hitting down and through
Take a little divot past the ball on fairway-wood shots
Lesson 5: The Fat Shot
5 Lesson 5: The Fat Shot
  • Troubleshooting your contact issues
  • The simplest solution: ball position
  • Butch’s favorite drill for solid strikes

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Lesson 5: The Fat Shot

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When you start chunking the ball, it might feel like you’ll never hit a shot solidly again. Butch Harmon has an easy fix—and a simple drill—that will get you delivering the clubface squarely into the back of the ball.

SWING THOUGHTS

To stop hitting fat shots, shift your weight through
Play the ball farther back to eliminate ground-first contact
As a drill, hover the club and hit down on the ball
Lesson 6: The Skull
6 Lesson 6: The Skull
  • How you make 30 yards tougher than 100
  • Saying loose over your pitch shots
  • A downswing trigger that works wonders

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Lesson 6: The Skull

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No shot feels worse in your hands than a skulled pitch. In this video, Butch Harmon gives you the tools you need to loosen up over your pitch shots and swing the club smoothly and accurately.

SWING THOUGHTS

To avoid skulling pitches, focus on body turn over hand action
On pitch shots, kick in your trail knee to start the downswing
When pitching, keep your body turning to the target
Lesson 7: The Chunk
7 Lesson 7: The Chunk
  • Why a shorter backswing is critical
  • Butch’s short-game key: Commit to the hit
  • Setting priorities for tough shots

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Lesson 7: The Chunk

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The lofted pitch over a greenside bunker is one of the most intimidating shots in golf, but don’t let fear take over. Butch Harmon teaches you how to make a committed swing and still hit a soft shot—right over the sand.

SWING THOUGHTS

Job 1 when pitching over a bunker: Get the ball to the green
To hit a soft pitch, limit your backswing and accelerate through
On pitch shots, play the ball forward, and don’t lean back
Lesson 8: The Stub
8 Lesson 8: The Stub
  • The fundamentals of the running chip
  • Changing your setup for crisp contact
  • A practice drill for consistent chip shots

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Lesson 8: The Stub

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Running chips should be the easiest shots in the game—that’s what makes missing them so frustrating. In this video, Butch Harmon helps you set up perfectly and gives you a simple drill for solid strikes.

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To stop stubbing chips, play the ball farther back
For solid chips, set your weight forward and keep it there
As a drill, chip with your back foot up on its toes
Lesson 9: The Low-Side Miss
9 Lesson 9: The Low-Side Miss
  • Why left-to-right putts plague righties
  • The simple mistake most amateurs make
  • Learning to look at the line, not the hole

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Lesson 9: The Low-Side Miss

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Left-to-right putts are always the most nerve-wracking for right-handed golfers. Here, learn from Butch Harmon how to look at these putts in a new way and get them started on line—every time.

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On putts that break, look at the line, not the hole
Focus on the starting line on breaking putts—the first six inches
On breaking putts, mentally shift the center of the cup to the high side
Lesson 10: The Yip
10 Lesson 10: The Yip
  • How to head off a nervous stroke
  • Transferring control to the big muscles
  • Butch’s secret method: knee putting

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Lesson 10: The Yip

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If there’s one thing golfers are superstitious about, it’s the yips. Most of them won’t even say the word. Here, Butch Harmon shares his radical method for combating the yips and gaining confidence on short putts.

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To putt better from short range, eliminate hand action
Knee putting: Lock your elbows, and rock your knees to move the club
On short putts, focus on starting the ball on line

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Lesson 1: The Slice
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Lesson 2: The Pull-Hook
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Lesson 3: The Shank
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Lesson 4: The Topped Shot
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Lesson 5: The Fat Shot
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Lesson 6: The Skull
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Lesson 7: The Chunk
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Lesson 8: The Stub
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Lesson 9: The Low-Side Miss
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Lesson 10: The Yip
Butch Harmon: 10 Faults Fixed! INDEX
Lesson 1: The Slice
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Lesson 1: The Slice
  • How to straighten your swing path
  • The key to making a synchronized swing
  • A grip change for controlling tee shots
  • How to straighten your swing path
  • The key to making a synchronized swing
  • A grip change for controlling tee shots
Lesson 2: The Pull-Hook
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Lesson 2: The Pull-Hook
  • Making a better backswing turn
  • How to transfer your weight coming down
  • The power of the step-through drill
  • Making a better backswing turn
  • How to transfer your weight coming down
  • The power of the step-through drill
Lesson 3: The Shank
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Lesson 3: The Shank
  • Butch’s secret for fairway woods
  • Why taking a divot produces better impact
  • Getting over the instinct to lift the ball
  • Butch’s secret for fairway woods
  • Why taking a divot produces better impact
  • Getting over the instinct to lift the ball
Lesson 4: The Topped Shot
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Lesson 4: The Topped Shot
  • Butch’s secret for fairway woods
  • Why taking a divot produces better impact
  • Getting over the instinct to lift the ball
  • Butch’s secret for fairway woods
  • Why taking a divot produces better impact
  • Getting over the instinct to lift the ball
Lesson 5: The Fat Shot
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Lesson 5: The Fat Shot
  • Troubleshooting your contact issues
  • The simplest solution: ball position
  • Butch’s favorite drill for solid strikes
  • Troubleshooting your contact issues
  • The simplest solution: ball position
  • Butch’s favorite drill for solid strikes
Lesson 6: The Skull
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Lesson 6: The Skull
  • How you make 30 yards tougher than 100
  • Saying loose over your pitch shots
  • A downswing trigger that works wonders
  • How you make 30 yards tougher than 100
  • Saying loose over your pitch shots
  • A downswing trigger that works wonders
Lesson 7: The Chunk
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Lesson 7: The Chunk
  • Why a shorter backswing is critical
  • Butch’s short-game key: Commit to the hit
  • Setting priorities for tough shots
  • Why a shorter backswing is critical
  • Butch’s short-game key: Commit to the hit
  • Setting priorities for tough shots
Lesson 8: The Stub
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Lesson 8: The Stub
  • The fundamentals of the running chip
  • Changing your setup for crisp contact
  • A practice drill for consistent chip shots
  • The fundamentals of the running chip
  • Changing your setup for crisp contact
  • A practice drill for consistent chip shots
Lesson 9: The Low-Side Miss
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Lesson 9: The Low-Side Miss
  • Why left-to-right putts plague righties
  • The simple mistake most amateurs make
  • Learning to look at the line, not the hole
  • Why left-to-right putts plague righties
  • The simple mistake most amateurs make
  • Learning to look at the line, not the hole
Lesson 10: The Yip
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Lesson 10: The Yip
  • How to head off a nervous stroke
  • Transferring control to the big muscles
  • Butch’s secret method: knee putting
  • How to head off a nervous stroke
  • Transferring control to the big muscles
  • Butch’s secret method: knee putting