GOLF DIGEST SCHOOLS

How to Hit Every Shot in Golf Part 1

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Lesson 1: Basic Drive

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Here are the simple keys for playing a stock tee shot with the driver.

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For a standard driver shot, play the ball off your front instep
On tee shots, drop your back shoulder to pre-set an upward strike
Swing the driver more around your body for power and solid contact
Lesson 2: The Draw
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Lesson 2: The Draw

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Hitting a draw off the tee is no problem with these easy-to-use fundamentals.

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For a draw, aim your body slightly to the right
To promote a draw, make sure you see two knuckles on your top hand at address
Swing from low and inside to high and outside to impart draw spin on the ball
Lesson 3: The Fade
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Lesson 3: The Fade

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Sometimes you need an intentional fade off the tee—here’s how to hit it.

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For a fade, play the ball off the toe of your front foot
Aim farther left to pre-set a fade—you’ll naturally swing from out to in
To impart fade spin on the ball, hold the clubface open through impact
Lesson 4: 10 More Yards
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Lesson 4: 10 More Yards

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On longer holes, a little yardage boost can make all the difference. Try these tips.

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Plug a major power leak by avoiding a violent upper-body turn from the top
To generate more hitting power, focus on arm swing, not body turn, coming down
For maximum distance, get the fast point of your swing at the ball
Lesson 5: The Stinger
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Lesson 5: The Stinger

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Tiger popularized this low-flying, controllable tee shot, and you should try it, too.

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To hit a stinger off the tee, center the ball and grip down an inch
Set your weight on your front side to pre-set the low-flying stinger
For the stinger, make a three-quarter swing with an abbreviated finish
Lesson 6: Staying in Play
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Lesson 6: Staying in Play

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When you’re facing a narrow fairway, try these keys for control off the tee.

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To keep your swing under control, count “1” on the takeaway, “2” at the top, “3” through impact, and “4” at the finish
With the driver, avoid the urge to jerk the club to start back or start down from the top
Strive for a smooth tempo on driver swings to avoid errant shots
Lesson 7: Dogleg Drive
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Lesson 7: Dogleg Drive

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Here are the do’s and don’ts when driving on a hole that turns left or right.

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Avoid trying to carry the inside corner of a dogleg—that’s where the trouble lies
On doglegs, hit your normal shot, not the shot the hole is tempting you to try
Know how far it is to the turn on a dogleg, and club accordingly off the tee
Lesson 8: Crosswind Drive
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Lesson 8: Crosswind Drive

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When the wind is blowing sideways off the tee, you need a plan of attack. Here it is.

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Into a crosswind, don’t aim straight and try to swing in the direction of the wind
Tee the ball lower on drives into a crosswind to minimize the wind’s effect
Ride a crosswind, don’t fight it: Aim in the direction of the wind and swing smooth
Lesson 9: The First-Tee Shot
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Lesson 9: The First-Tee Shot

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Every golfer sometimes feels anxious on the first tee. Get comfortable with a simple plan.

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Try Jack Nicklaus’ first-tee swing key: Complete the backswing
To avoid a short, fast swing on the tee, be sure to turn your front shoulder behind the ball
Focus on making solid contact, not hitting a perfect shot, off the first tee

How to Hit Every Shot in Golf Part 1

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Lesson 1: Basic Drive
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Lesson 2: The Draw
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Lesson 3: The Fade
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Lesson 4: 10 More Yards
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Lesson 5: The Stinger
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Lesson 6: Staying in Play
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Lesson 7: Dogleg Drive
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Lesson 8: Crosswind Drive
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Lesson 9: The First-Tee Shot
How to Hit Every Shot in Golf Part 1 INDEX
Lesson 1: Basic Drive
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Lesson 1: Basic Drive
Lesson 2: The Draw
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Lesson 2: The Draw
Lesson 3: The Fade
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Lesson 3: The Fade
Lesson 4: 10 More Yards
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Lesson 4: 10 More Yards
Lesson 5: The Stinger
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Lesson 5: The Stinger
Lesson 6: Staying in Play
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Lesson 6: Staying in Play
Lesson 7: Dogleg Drive
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Lesson 7: Dogleg Drive
Lesson 8: Crosswind Drive
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Lesson 8: Crosswind Drive
Lesson 9: The First-Tee Shot
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Lesson 9: The First-Tee Shot