GOLF DIGEST SCHOOLS

Hank Haney: Fix Your Big Misses

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Lesson 1: Eliminate Penalty Strokes

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There are lots of ways to run up your score, but the biggest killers are penalty strokes. Hitting it out of bounds or in the water can quickly ruin your scorecard, and the culprit is usually a poor drive. In this video, Hank Haney teaches you how to keep the ball in play off the tee.

SWING THOUGHTS

If you fight a slice, grip with your hands turned away from the target
If you fight a hook, set your hands more on top of the grip
Holding the club too tightly can cause slice
Holding the club too loosely can cause hook
To fix a slice, swing more to the right and close the clubface earlier
To fix a hook, swing more to the left and turn your body through faster
Lesson 2: No More Extra Short-Game Shots
2 Lesson 2: No More Extra Short-Game Shots
  • Finding the right wedge for you
  • The basics of bunker play
  • Troubleshooting your short game
  • The need for speed around the green

Hank Haney: Fix Your Big Misses

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Lesson 2: No More Extra Short-Game Shots

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Of all the wasted shots out there, the most frustrating are the ones that come around the greens. When you get close to the hole, you need to get on the green in one shot, avoiding multiple attempts. Pitches, chips and bunker shots fall into this category. Here, Hank Haney focuses on greenside bunker play.

SWING THOUGHTS

To avoid multiple attempts in a bunker, try to simply get the ball on the green
In greenside bunkers, open the clubface slightly, and play the ball forward
To get out of a greenside bunker, focus on splashing a patch of sand onto the green
In greenside bunkers, keep your speed up through impact to a full finish
Best swing thought from greenside bunkers: Hit the sand, follow through
Lesson 3: Stop Three-Putting
3 Lesson 3: Stop Three-Putting
  • Prioritizing speed over read
  • Best drill for center-face contact
  • How to make more comebackers
  • A simple test for the yips

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Lesson 3: Stop Three-Putting

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Even if you do everything right—keep the ball in play, hit a decent approach and get the ball on in two or three—it’s easy to spoil a good hole with a three-putt. For amateurs, this often happens because their mind-set is to get aggressive and try to make long putts rather than simply two-putt. In this video, Hank Haney covers the keys to efficient putting.

SWING THOUGHTS

To avoid three-putts, focus on speed; don’t get fixated on break
Best way to avoid three-putts is to hit the ball in the center of the face for predictable roll
Looking over a long putt, consider where you want to leave it for the next putt
To make more comebackers, try to leave putts that are uphill and ideally right to left
Lesson 4: Escape Trouble in One Swing
4 Lesson 4: Escape Trouble in One Swing
  • How to stop compounding mistakes
  • Controlling trajectory high and low
  • How and when to work the ball
  • Becoming a great decision-maker

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Lesson 4: Escape Trouble in One Swing

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Even if you play cautiously, you’re going to sometimes find trouble, and how you get out will determine your score. You need to be able to hit the ball both high and low, and be able to curve shots in both directions. Here, Hank Haney shows you how to hit the basic recovery shots you need to get your ball back in play—fast!

SWING THOUGHTS

Going under or over an obstacle, always club up or down more than you think
To set up for a low shot, play the ball back and set your weight forward
To keep the ball low, take a shorter swing and finish with the club pointing to the ground
To set up for a high shot, play the ball forward and lean away from the target slightly
To hit the ball high, take a big swing with a higher follow-through
If you curve a ball into trouble off the tee, try to play that same curve on the recovery
From deep trouble, just get back in play. Don’t risk compounding the mistake
Lesson 5: Manage Your Game
5 Lesson 5: Manage Your Game
  • Taking risk off the table
  • Learn to putt from off the green
  • Simplifying your short game
  • Choosing practical over pretty

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Lesson 5: Manage Your Game

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Your No. 1 priority from any greenside scenario is to get on the green in one shot. The best way to do it? Putt as often as you can, even 15 or 20 feet—or 20 yards!—off the green. When you can’t putt because of longer grass or obstacles, always consider chipping before hitting a lofted shot. In this video, Hank Haney shows you how to avoid the pitfalls just off the green.

SWING THOUGHTS

From short grass around the green, always consider putting first
When putting from off the green, use your normal stroke—just hit it a little harder
Use your practice strokes to zero in on how hard you have to swing
As you get into higher grass and have to chip or pitch, use as small a swing as possible
On chips, get close to the ball, hands upright, and make a short stroke back and through
Around the greens, look to play the safest shot: putting first, then chipping, then pitching

Hank Haney: Fix Your Big Misses

Lesson
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Lesson 1: Eliminate Penalty Strokes
2 / 5
Lesson 2: No More Extra Short-Game Shots
3 / 5
Lesson 3: Stop Three-Putting
4 / 5
Lesson 4: Escape Trouble in One Swing
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Lesson 5: Manage Your Game
Hank Haney: Fix Your Big Misses INDEX
Lesson 1: Eliminate Penalty Strokes
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Lesson 1: Eliminate Penalty Strokes
  • Identifying your big miss off the tee
  • The rundown on driver settings
  • How to straighten a slice
  • How to turn a hook into a draw
  • Identifying your big miss off the tee
  • The rundown on driver settings
  • How to straighten a slice
  • How to turn a hook into a draw
Lesson 2: No More Extra Short-Game Shots
2/5
Lesson 2: No More Extra Short-Game Shots
  • Finding the right wedge for you
  • The basics of bunker play
  • Troubleshooting your short game
  • The need for speed around the green
  • Finding the right wedge for you
  • The basics of bunker play
  • Troubleshooting your short game
  • The need for speed around the green
Lesson 3: Stop Three-Putting
3/5
Lesson 3: Stop Three-Putting
  • Prioritizing speed over read
  • Best drill for center-face contact
  • How to make more comebackers
  • A simple test for the yips
  • Prioritizing speed over read
  • Best drill for center-face contact
  • How to make more comebackers
  • A simple test for the yips
Lesson 4: Escape Trouble in One Swing
4/5
Lesson 4: Escape Trouble in One Swing
  • How to stop compounding mistakes
  • Controlling trajectory high and low
  • How and when to work the ball
  • Becoming a great decision-maker
  • How to stop compounding mistakes
  • Controlling trajectory high and low
  • How and when to work the ball
  • Becoming a great decision-maker
Lesson 5: Manage Your Game
5/5
Lesson 5: Manage Your Game
  • Taking risk off the table
  • Learn to putt from off the green
  • Simplifying your short game
  • Choosing practical over pretty
  • Taking risk off the table
  • Learn to putt from off the green
  • Simplifying your short game
  • Choosing practical over pretty