Video Tip: Let’s Talk About Start Line!

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Hitting a draw or fade is about more than just establishing your target line. Watch this video, and let Stuart Clark of the Steve Dresser Golf Academy in Pawleys Island, S.C. show you a great method to work on shaping shots during your practice sessions.

Stuart Clark:

Hi, guys. How are you doing? My name’s Stuart Clark. I am one of the instructors here at the Steve Dresser Golf Academy down in Pawleys Island at beautiful True Blue and Caledonia. Today, I want to talk about start line and a little bit of understanding the way the ball curves like ball flight laws. A lot of times when I’m teaching a lot of people, when they’re trying to hit a draw, they’re always trying to shut the face. You don’t really want to shut the face in relation to the target.

As you can tell out here, I’ve got some alignment sticks out here, white being my target line, red being my face, and the black being the path. So when you’re trying to hit a draw biased golf shot, your face has to be open to the target but close to the path. I have a lot of times people, when they get set up, their actual face is pointed left. That means the ball’s going to start left because the ball goes where the face is pointed.

So just my little side note, when you get the opportunity to go out and do a training session, have some things set out there where you can understand why the ball does what it’s doing. Because the ball never lies to us. So when I’m practicing, I get back here. I got my base of my target line. I see where my face needs to be pointed. I walk in. I know that ball needs to start right of the white line, and it’s going to try to turn back.

So anyhow, I’ll go in and hit one for you. It’s going to be a little rusty, too, I’ve been teaching all day. So face is a little right at target. I’m going to work the path a little bit more from the inside, so I’m going to load this up. There’s a little push draw for you. That’s your Tip Tuesday!

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