Day 8: Solid Strikes + Wedge Play
DRILL: HOW TO GROOVE PURE IMPACT
A common problem with amateurs is making a steep downswing that crashes into the ground. To check your swing, tee up some balls nice and high and try to hit them flush with a 6-iron. You'll realize to avoid going under the ball you have to come down on a flatter plane—and that comes from the lower body, not the arms, leading the downswing. —Jason Sedan, a Golf Digest Best Young Teacher
DRILL: HOW TO MASTER THE NO-HIT WEDGE
Grab your sand wedge, then hold a second club against the front side of the grip at address so the shaft of that club extends up your left side. The goal is to hit shots without that second club banging into you. To do it, you have to turn your body through, not flick your hands at impact. —Jason Sedan
DAVE STOCKTON: JOB NO. 1 IN PUTTING
Stockton wants golfers to forget about making a perfect stroke and focus instead on controlling speed. Stick a tee a foot and a half behind a hole and practice long putts, trying to roll them in or leave them past the hole but short of the tee. Nothing signals a good putter like good pace.