Game Plan: 5 Ingredients to Great Golf

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Ingredient #1: The Setup

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Ingredient #1: The Setup
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OVERVIEW

Playing great golf requires a lot of good ingredients, but whether it’s driving, iron play or the short game, it all starts with a precise position at address. Here Claude Harmon III demonstrates the most important keys to the full-swing setup: body alignment and clubface aim. Harmon explains how to adjust these factors depending on the kind of shot you want to play.

SWING THOUGHTS

Set your feet, hips and shoulders parallel left of your intended line
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Aim the clubface down your intended line
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Allow your natural ball flight to dictate where you aim
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If you play a draw, align your body farther right; farther left for a fade
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DRILLS

Aiming Station

  • At the range, place a ball between two alignment rods a few feet apart and parallel to your intended line.
  • Set your clubface squarely to the ball between the two rods.
  • Align your feet square to the inside rod and your shoulders square to the outside rod.
Ingredient #2: Angle of Attack
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  • The difference between driver swings and iron swings
  • When to hit up on the ball—and when to hit down
  • The one drill you need to start launching your driver
  • A practice station for learning to compress the ball

Game Plan: 5 Ingredients to Great Golf

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Ingredient #1: The Setup
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Ingredient #2: Angle of Attack
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Ingredient #3: Speed
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Ingredient #4: Loft
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Ingredient #5: Touch
Game Plan: 5 Ingredients to Great GolfINDEX
Ingredient #1: The Setup
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Ingredient #1: The Setup
  • Perfect the positions that determine accuracy
  • Untangle the conflict between upper body and lower body
  • Improving your aim with solid fundamentals
  • How to play for the natural curve of your shots
Ingredient #2: Angle of Attack
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Ingredient #2: Angle of Attack
  • The difference between driver swings and iron swings
  • When to hit up on the ball—and when to hit down
  • The one drill you need to start launching your driver
  • A practice station for learning to compress the ball
Ingredient #3: Speed
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Ingredient #3: Speed
  • Ball speed—not clubhead speed—should be your goal
  • Sequencing your swing for effortless distance
  • How to avoid the most common power leaks
  • Why controlling speed matters in the short game
Ingredient #4: Loft
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Ingredient #4: Loft
  • How to simplify your technique around the greens
  • Busting the biggest misconception in the short game
  • Varying trajectory with one simple adjustment
  • The secret to a killer short game: bounce
Ingredient #5: Touch
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Ingredient #5: Touch
  • Building the proper foundation for greenside play
  • How to develop your feel around the greens
  • Picking the right club to play different shots
  • Experimenting to add flair to your short game