Armchair Golf Pro: Accenture Match Play, Luke Donald

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  1. Paul Rego says:

    ERIC…I am most comfortable paying close attention to your advice because of your logical approach and fundamental explanations.

    I’ve been a customer for a while and clearly improved my game….but got away from the drills over time. I’ve recently developed a tendency to pull the short irons unexpectedly and now have begun to pull hook big drives with a sense that I over hit and pulled my self too far through the shot….which sounds a bit illogical.

    What do you suggest?

    Thanks much,

    paul rego

    • Eric Jones, MA, PGA says:

      Hi Paul, thanks for leaving your question. You ask a challenging question about pulling and hooking, because there could be several root causes. What we do know from your description is that your club face is closed at impact, and your club path is likely going left. If nothing else has changed, try the Tension Free drills. You may simply be overpowering the downswing with your right arm/grip. You could also try weakening the left hand a bit on the grip. I would also look at your balance to see if you are moving your upper body in toward the ball on the downswing – which could be a balance or Leverage issue.
      In any case the best way to address hooks and pulls is usually to work on extending the club toward the target after impact. If you can pay attention to your club face at impact the next time you are at the range and see if you can figure out why you are closing the face, then post another question with your feedback here, we might be able to get more specifically at the root of the issue.