GOLF DIGEST SCHOOLS

Swing Hacks

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Hack #1: Driving Distance

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One of the main reasons tour players are so effective is that they create power in an effortless way. You might not be able to produce speed like a pro, but you can tweak your setup and swing to get around your shortcomings. In this video, Mark Blackburn shares his best power hacks.

SWING THOUGHTS

With the driver, tilt your shoulders away from the target and play the ball up
For a bigger turn, close your stance and flare out your feet
On the driver backswing, let your lead ankle roll in, and maintain your torso flex
Going back, it’s OK to let your lead elbow bend and your trail leg straighten
Through impact with the driver, keep your body tilted away from the target
Hack #2: Hitting a Draw
2 Hack #2: Hitting a Draw
  • How to create right-to-left curve
  • Setting up for pure impact
  • No. 1 mistake on draw attempts
  • Fix your slice forever with this drill

Swing Hacks

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Hack #2: Hitting a Draw

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Most amateurs who try to play a draw go about it in the wrong way, rolling their wrists over through impact to flip the clubface closed. Tour pros turn the ball from right to left by rotating the shaft as they start down and swinging from the inside—there’s no last-second manipulation of the face. Here, Mark Blackburn covers the do’s and don’ts of hitting the draw.

SWING THOUGHTS

For a draw, aim the clubface to the right and play the ball in the middle
To hit a draw, swing the club back more across your chest; not too vertical
As you start down, spin the shaft by bowing your lead wrist
Keep your lead arm inside the line of your stance on the downswing
As you swing into impact, rotate your body through to close the clubface
To avoid inconsistent results, keep your hands quiet at impact
Hack #3: Playing from the Rough
3 Hack #3: Playing from the Rough
  • The truth about diagnosing lies
  • Making clean contact in long grass
  • Using loft, not speed, to escape trouble
  • Fixing common mistakes in the rough

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Hack #3: Playing from the Rough

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The best players in the world can recover from anywhere with just about any club. But for the rest of us, we have to be smarter about the shots and clubs we’re playing from trouble areas like the rough. In this video, Mark Blackburn shows you the right shots to play from different lies in the thick stuff and the mechanical keys for pulling them off.

SWING THOUGHTS

If you can’t make clean contact in the rough, play for less flight, more roll
If the ball is buried in the rough, steepen your swing back and down
To swing steeper from rough lies, open your stance and favor your lead leg
From the rough, hinge your wrists sooner to narrow your swing arc
Use less upper-body turn in the rough to steepen your attack angle
On the downswing, keep the grip end of the club ahead of the clubhead
Hack #4: Flighted Wedges
4 Hack #4: Flighted Wedges
  • Controlling trajectory with your setup
  • How to add backspin to wedge shots
  • Stealing the tour’s toe-contact secret
  • Using a towel to sequence your swing

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Hack #4: Flighted Wedges

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Great wedge players know how to manage their angle of attack on the ball and control shot trajectory, often creating a much lower flight than amateurs do. Too many average golfers try to smash down on the ball to hit it solid or try to help it into the air. Here, Mark Blackburn teaches you how to control your contact and flight your wedges perfectly.

SWING THOUGHTS

On wedge shots, center the ball and lean the shaft forward slightly
Don’t force extra wrist hinge when hitting a wedge
With the wedges, keep your head centered, and don’t swing steep
The wedge downswing should be shallow, with the shaft leaning forward
Post up on your lead leg on the downswing, and rotate through
At impact, your lead shoulder should be working up and around
Don’t take deep wedge divots; no wider than a dollar bill
Hack #5: Greenside Touch
5 Hack #5: Greenside Touch
  • Eliminating fear around the greens
  • The art of using your hands and wrists
  • How to hit pitch shots that check up
  • Why perfect contact is overrated

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Hack #5: Greenside Touch

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Around the greens, one of the most useful shots is the high pitch that lands softly by the hole. Tour players have mastered this shot, but amateurs often struggle to apply enough speed and loft to produce the desired result. In this final video, Mark Blackburn shares his favorite hacks for creating loft and stopping power on greenside shots.

SWING THOUGHTS

When pitching, use mainly your hands and arms; minimize body action
Favor your lead foot on greenside shots, and pivot around your lead leg
To pre-set loft, play the ball forward and lean the shaft away from the target
For high-trajectory shots, use an intentionally weak grip
On pitch shots, hinge your wrists early and deliberately cup your lead wrist
To create loft, throw the clubhead from the top; don’t pull the grip down
For high pitches, keep the palm of your trail hand pointing up through impact

Swing Hacks

Lesson
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Hack #1: Driving Distance
2 / 5
Hack #2: Hitting a Draw
3 / 5
Hack #3: Playing from the Rough
4 / 5
Hack #4: Flighted Wedges
5 / 5
Hack #5: Greenside Touch
Swing Hacks INDEX
Hack #1: Driving Distance
1/5
Hack #1: Driving Distance
  • How to increase carry distance
  • The secret to producing speed
  • Keys to center-face contact
  • Best drill to sync up your swing
  • How to increase carry distance
  • The secret to producing speed
  • Keys to center-face contact
  • Best drill to sync up your swing
Hack #2: Hitting a Draw
2/5
Hack #2: Hitting a Draw
  • How to create right-to-left curve
  • Setting up for pure impact
  • No. 1 mistake on draw attempts
  • Fix your slice forever with this drill
  • How to create right-to-left curve
  • Setting up for pure impact
  • No. 1 mistake on draw attempts
  • Fix your slice forever with this drill
Hack #3: Playing from the Rough
3/5
Hack #3: Playing from the Rough
  • The truth about diagnosing lies
  • Making clean contact in long grass
  • Using loft, not speed, to escape trouble
  • Fixing common mistakes in the rough
  • The truth about diagnosing lies
  • Making clean contact in long grass
  • Using loft, not speed, to escape trouble
  • Fixing common mistakes in the rough
Hack #4: Flighted Wedges
4/5
Hack #4: Flighted Wedges
  • Controlling trajectory with your setup
  • How to add backspin to wedge shots
  • Stealing the tour’s toe-contact secret
  • Using a towel to sequence your swing
  • Controlling trajectory with your setup
  • How to add backspin to wedge shots
  • Stealing the tour’s toe-contact secret
  • Using a towel to sequence your swing
Hack #5: Greenside Touch
5/5
Hack #5: Greenside Touch
  • Eliminating fear around the greens
  • The art of using your hands and wrists
  • How to hit pitch shots that check up
  • Why perfect contact is overrated
  • Eliminating fear around the greens
  • The art of using your hands and wrists
  • How to hit pitch shots that check up
  • Why perfect contact is overrated