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California Golf +Travel Digital #2 2017

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12 DIGITAL EDITION I N S T R U C T I O N HOW TO MAKE THIS SUMMER YOUR BEST GOLF SEASON YET LET YOUR ELBOW FLEX FOR A SPEED BOOST When it comes to hitting longer drives, it certainly helps to widen your arc and keep the club away from your body at the top of the swing. But sometimes, doing just that can hurt you more than it helps. Here's why: When you try to add too much width by keeping your left arm (for right-handers) as straight as you can, it might create a bunch of unwanted tension in the upper body and arms that prevents you from making a full turn and a smooth, supple swing. Tension in the swing can be good—but only if it stays in the core, and not in the arms and shoulders. To hit longer drives (and straighter ones, too), it's okay to let the left arm flex a little at the top of your swing. This is something I do personally, especially in the heat of competition or when I feel like I'm tensing up. A little flex (too much is not good, either) will add some extra whip to your swing, too, boosting your clubhead speed. Jordan Spieth does this, by the way. INCORRECT POSITION CORRECT POSITION CORRECT POSITION S ummer is the perfect time to work on your game and start shooting lower scores, and we're here to help. We got together with a handful of Southern California's top teaching professionals, all of whom are instructors at the popular Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo. They put together a few of their favorite quick fixes to help you knock a few strokes off your scorecard and go low this summer. By Michael Block, PGA; Bobby Lasken; and Perry Parker, PGA SHATTER YOUR SCORING BARRIER! WRAP THE TOE AROUND THE BALL In my opinion, teaching some- one to square the club face at impact is awful advice. Reason being, during the downswing the club face is in a constant state of rotation to the left. To hit a straight shot you want the club face and path to match up at impact—but anytime you try to consciously square the club face at impact, you're probably going to leave the face open … causing a slice. If that sounds like you, and you're a chronic slicer, stop try- ing to square the face at impact. Instead, imagine wrapping the toe of the clubface around the ball at impact. You won't actually do this, but the mental imagery will tell the body that it's okay to let the club- head continue to rotate. It's when you stop rotating the club face that causes you to hit a variety of nasty shots to the right. – Michael Block, PGA INCORRECT POSITION

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