GOLF DIGEST SCHOOLS

Your Clubs: A User Guide

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Lesson 1: The Driver

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The key to getting a good start to any hole, or any round, is the driver—the setup man. You want to send the ball as far and straight down the fairway as possible, which requires a specific setup and swing. In this video, Cameron McCormick covers the do’s and don’ts of driving.

SWING THOUGHTS

Hinge forward from the hips, flex your knees and let your arms hang
With a driver, play the ball in line with your lead knee
Stand wide for the driver, each foot two to three inches outside the shoulder
Tilt your shoulders away from the target with the driver
On tee shots, maximize hip and shoulder turn; use your arms and wrists to lift the club
When swinging the driver back, turn your lead shoulder over your trail knee
On the downswing with the driver, stay behind the ball and swing up on it
To fix a driver slice, strengthen your grip and shift your alignment to the right
Lesson 2: The Hybrid
2 Lesson 2: The Hybrid
  • A misconception of most golfers
  • Taking advantage of a forgiving design
  • The must-make move at impact
  • Practice drills for fixing poor contact

Your Clubs: A User Guide

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Lesson 2: The Hybrid

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Most amateurs don’t swing fast enough to make their long irons go farther than their middle irons, so hybrids are essential for longer shots into greens. Plus, the hybrid’s design adds forgiveness and playability. Here, Cameron McCormick demonstrates how to use these clubs effectively.

SWING THOUGHTS

When setting up with a hybrid, play the ball where you would play a middle iron
Take practice swings with your hybrid and play the ball where your club touches down
To make solid hybrid contact, start your downswing by shifting toward the target
Swinging down with a hybrid, extend your trail arm out to the ball
Lesson 3: The Sand Wedge
3 Lesson 3: The Sand Wedge
  • 3 setup keys you have to get right
  • Making a body-driven wedge swing
  • How to dial in different distances
  • Overcoming fear in wedge play

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Lesson 3: The Sand Wedge

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Although there are similarities in posture and alignment to other clubs, the sand wedge requires adjustments to the setup and swing. To control distance and maximize spin, you need to make a measured swing and hit with a descending blow. In this video, Cameron McCormick shows you how to dial in your wedge shots.

SWING THOUGHTS

With a sand wedge, play the ball just behind your sternum and narrow your stance
At address with a sand wedge, tilt your shoulders toward the target
The sand wedge swing should be powered by body turn, not wrist hinge
To decrease distance, reduce your backswing; to increase, expand it
With a wedge, look at the front of the ball and try to hit the ground there
On wedge swings, make a “Y” at the finish, your arms extended and the shaft down
Lesson 4: The Putter
4 Lesson 4: The Putter
  • How to give every putt a chance to drop
  • Getting the perfect pace on long putts
  • Learn to become a great green-reader
  • Practice drills for instant feedback

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Lesson 4: The Putter

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If the driver is the setup man on each hole, the putter is the closer. There’s no worse feeling than hitting a green in regulation and walking off with a bogey. Here, Cameron McCormick breaks down the three keys of putting: getting the ball on line, judging the speed correctly and accurately reading the green.

SWING THOUGHTS

The putterhead should be rising through impact
With the putter, play the ball forward, below the chest logo on your shirt
In the putting setup, position your eyes over the ball or just inside of it
In putting, standing closer to the ball will straighten your stroke
The putterface should open and close during the stroke but stay square to the swing plane
The tempo of your stroke, not stroke length, should control the pace of the putt
Keep your wrists firm during the putting stroke to help stabilize the face

Your Clubs: A User Guide

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Lesson 1: The Driver
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Lesson 2: The Hybrid
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Lesson 3: The Sand Wedge
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Lesson 4: The Putter
Your Clubs: A User Guide INDEX
Lesson 1: The Driver
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Lesson 1: The Driver
  • The unique setup for tee shots
  • How to maximize carry distance
  • Developing a consistent ball flight
  • Eliminating a slice off the tee
  • The unique setup for tee shots
  • How to maximize carry distance
  • Developing a consistent ball flight
  • Eliminating a slice off the tee
Lesson 2: The Hybrid
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Lesson 2: The Hybrid
  • A misconception of most golfers
  • Taking advantage of a forgiving design
  • The must-make move at impact
  • Practice drills for fixing poor contact
  • A misconception of most golfers
  • Taking advantage of a forgiving design
  • The must-make move at impact
  • Practice drills for fixing poor contact
Lesson 3: The Sand Wedge
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Lesson 3: The Sand Wedge
  • 3 setup keys you have to get right
  • Making a body-driven wedge swing
  • How to dial in different distances
  • Overcoming fear in wedge play
  • 3 setup keys you have to get right
  • Making a body-driven wedge swing
  • How to dial in different distances
  • Overcoming fear in wedge play
Lesson 4: The Putter
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Lesson 4: The Putter
  • How to give every putt a chance to drop
  • Getting the perfect pace on long putts
  • Learn to become a great green-reader
  • Practice drills for instant feedback
  • How to give every putt a chance to drop
  • Getting the perfect pace on long putts
  • Learn to become a great green-reader
  • Practice drills for instant feedback