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The Ball Flight Tells All

Matt Killen, one of Golf Digest's Top-20 Teachers Under 40, offers fixes for these common mis-hits: the slice, the pop-up and the hook.

After learning the proper fundamentals (posture, grip, aim and ball position), the best thing golfers can do to develop their games is to understand ball flight. By that I mean identifying shot shape, and then working back to see what caused it. Golfers often misunderstand -- they think a pull is a hook because both shots go left -- and as a result work on the wrong things.

The keys are identifying first where your ball starts and then which way it curves. Let's fix some common mis-hits: the slice, the pop-up and the hook.

*Matt Killen, one of Golf Digest's Top-20 Teachers Under 40, is based at The Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green, Ky. He works with Kenny Perry, J.B. Holmes and a number of other tour players. Read more about Matt Killen.