Day 10: How Your Fingers Can Help Your Control
There's a lot going on down through impact, so having a simplified reference point is attractive. Drop an alignment stick on the ground perpendicular to the target, and position it between your feet. Hold your index and middle fingers on your right hand out in front of you like a double-barreled pistol. Your index finger represents where the face points at impact, and your middle finger represents the direction the clubhead is moving. To hit a shot with no curve, you need both barrels pointed in the same direction, with the clubface barrel slightly ahead of the clubhead barrel at impact. If you let the middle finger barrel lead, you'll always hit a shot that curves away from the target. If you're hitting curveballs, how do you get the barrels back in alignment? Through the motion of your hands, wrists and forearms. If you're hitting too much of a fade curve, feel like you're turning a screwdriver counter-clockwise (for a right-hander) through impact. That twisting movement will bring your barrels into better alignment.