GOLF DIGEST SCHOOLS

Golfers Like You, with Sara Dickson

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Lesson 1: Iron Play

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OVERVIEW SWING THOUGHTS

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In the first part of her lesson with 9-handicapper Bill Wing, teacher Sara Dickson explains how controlling the low point of the swing is the No. 1 key to great iron play. Using a simple practice drill and keeping more weight on the front foot throughout the swing helps Bill groove the feel.

SWING THOUGHTS

For consistent iron shots, make a downward strike
In iron play, feel the ground more under the front foot
Hit the ball, then the ground, with the divot coming in front
For solid irons, avoid hanging back on the downswing
Lesson 2: Driving
2 Lesson 2: Driving
  • How to make a full backswing turn
  • Syncing your body and arms to the top
  • Tips for shortening a long backswing
  • Fixing an extreme in-to-out downswing path
  • Transferring weight properly through impact

Golfers Like You, with Sara Dickson

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Lesson 2: Driving

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OVERVIEW SWING THOUGHTS

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Teacher Sara Dickson continues her work with 9-handicapper Bill Wing, helping him rein in his long swing with the driver. They practice matching up his arm swing and body turn going back, and also focus on swinging through on a straighter path to avoid nagging pushes and hooks.

SWING THOUGHTS

To prevent the arms from taking over the swing, turn the shoulders more
For a full backswing rotation, feel like you turn your shirt buttons to the sky
Shift weight to the front foot to initiate the downswing
For a better turn through, allow the eyes to follow the ball after impact
Lesson 3: Wedges
3 Lesson 3: Wedges
  • Grooving swing mechanics with the wedges
  • Learning to make solid contact every time
  • Making adjustments to vary distance
  • How to stop the decel on wedge shots

Golfers Like You, with Sara Dickson

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Lesson 3: Wedges

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With the wedges, student Bill Wing, a 9-handicapper, struggles with contact and distance control. Teacher Sara Dickson works with him to make a more compact motion and swing back and through equal lengths. They also discuss how to adjust for shots of different distances.

SWING THOUGHTS

With the wedges, play the ball in the middle of the stance
On short wedges, take a narrow stance; increase width as shots get longer
To shorten distance, grip down on the club and swing shorter
Avoid swinging all-arms with the wedges; sync the turn to the arms
Based on distance, picture the end points of the backswing and finish

Golfers Like You, with Sara Dickson

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Lesson 1: Iron Play
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Lesson 2: Driving
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Lesson 3: Wedges
Golfers Like You, with Sara Dickson INDEX
Lesson 1: Iron Play
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Lesson 1: Iron Play
  • How to hit down for solid contact
  • Finding the low point of the swing arc
  • Mastering footwork for more consistency
  • Building power from the ground up
  • How to hit down for solid contact
  • Finding the low point of the swing arc
  • Mastering footwork for more consistency
  • Building power from the ground up
Lesson 2: Driving
2/3
Lesson 2: Driving
  • How to make a full backswing turn
  • Syncing your body and arms to the top
  • Tips for shortening a long backswing
  • Fixing an extreme in-to-out downswing path
  • Transferring weight properly through impact
  • How to make a full backswing turn
  • Syncing your body and arms to the top
  • Tips for shortening a long backswing
  • Fixing an extreme in-to-out downswing path
  • Transferring weight properly through impact
Lesson 3: Wedges
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Lesson 3: Wedges
  • Grooving swing mechanics with the wedges
  • Learning to make solid contact every time
  • Making adjustments to vary distance
  • How to stop the decel on wedge shots
  • Grooving swing mechanics with the wedges
  • Learning to make solid contact every time
  • Making adjustments to vary distance
  • How to stop the decel on wedge shots