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Question from Anonymous
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7/25/2014 at 8:38 PM
Hi Devon, when I play the ball from inside my left heel as you stated, I always pull the shot way left, if I play the ball back further, say inline with the top of my inner thigh then I hit the ball straight, why is this ? Thanks Darren from Down under.
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Question from Anonymous
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7/25/2014 at 8:25 PM
Hi
Thanks for that. I try to do exactly as you say but still can get a big slice. Am I standing too far from the ball?
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Question from Satish N
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7/25/2014 at 8:08 PM
whatt should be the stance open or closed
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Comment from Anonymous
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7/25/2014 at 7:17 PM
Wow that is a super way to practice.
Answer from Devan Bonebrake
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7/25/2014 at 7:26 PM
It is a fantastic station please give it a try!
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Question from Anonymous
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7/25/2014 at 3:21 PM
When I swing about 75-80% I normally drive the ball pretty straight anywhere from 175 to 200. But, When I lose concentration and swing really hard like I'm trying to kill the ball I hit a great big ole slice. And that occurs 3-4 holes out of 18. Why do I slice when I swing really hard? I do use a really strong grip and even rotate the club head forward a bit at address. Slicing really frustrates me when I am always conscious thatit could happen. When I slice two holes in a row I really over compensate and pull a beautiful, straight as an arrow, drive left into the adjacent fairway or OB.
Answer from Devan Bonebrake
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7/25/2014 at 7:28 PM
When one body part moves faster than the other it can cause the club face to open or close. My guess is that you use your shoulders for your power source on the hard swings and open up too quickly causing an out to in swing path.
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Answer from chris s
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7/25/2014 at 8:33 PM
I understand your first point. When I move my hips too quickly, fade and when I move my upper body too quickly and get ahead of my hips, I pull the ball. But I do not understand your second point - that moving my shoulders too quickly will cause an out to in (over the top) path. Surely the over the top path comes from moving the shoulders forward, not laying back and not bringing the club shaft down on an inside path rather than over along the target line. Does this make sense?
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Comment from Anonymous
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7/25/2014 at 2:59 PM
Thanks for the great tip Devan! I surely practice this on the fairway tomorrow..... Dean Rivera.
Answer from Devan Bonebrake
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7/25/2014 at 7:28 PM
Thanks Dean! Let us know how it works for you!
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Question from Michael M
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7/25/2014 at 2:10 PM
Sometimes when I try to hit up on the ball with my driver, I duck hook the shot. Any suggestions?
Answer from Devan Bonebrake
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7/25/2014 at 7:29 PM
Chances are you are hitting up on it yes, but coming way from the inside to do it. You might want to feel like you are hitting up and to the left with the face a little open. Almost like a high fade. This will work great.
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Comment from Walt F
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7/25/2014 at 10:49 AM
thanks for that great tip to hit the ball "farther"....will try it next time
Comment from Devan Bonebrake
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7/25/2014 at 7:30 PM
Thanks Walt I really hope it helps you!
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Question from Anonymous
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7/25/2014 at 10:08 AM
2 questions:
How high should I tee the ball?
How can or is there an exercise to move my hips faster?
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Answer from Jim G
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7/25/2014 at 11:02 AM
Tee height for driver should be such that 1/2 the ball shows above the crown of the club head when soled behind the ball. This information is stated in the video at around the 2:11 mark into the tip.
Answer from Devan Bonebrake
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7/25/2014 at 7:31 PM
Tee the ball up about half a ball or so above the crown if your driver. For hip speed practice a mirror rotating them back and fourth without moving your shoulders. Start slow and then speed up!
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Comment from Anonymous
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7/25/2014 at 9:47 AM
Excellent demonstration. I am a right handed golfer and have been adjusting my alignment so my body is facing right of my target path to allow hitting up. This does seem to work but will try your suggestion of leaning in the direction of my right hip.
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Answer from Jim G
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7/25/2014 at 11:03 AM
Don't lean - tilt! If you lean you may, as a result, have your weight on the back leg which is not correct nor fundamentally sound.
Answer from Devan Bonebrake
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7/25/2014 at 7:32 PM
Yes give it a shot it may make it so you no longer have to aim right.
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Comment from Anonymous
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7/25/2014 at 8:55 AM
Good tip Devon. Keep them coming!

Bruce
Answer from Devan Bonebrake
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7/25/2014 at 7:32 PM
Thanks for tuning in Bruce!
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Comment from Raymond C
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7/25/2014 at 8:09 AM
I tried your suggestion and I am hitting air balls. Would increasing the loft of the club do the same thing?
Answer from Devan Bonebrake
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7/25/2014 at 7:34 PM
Hi Raymond. Are you saying it n the top of the club or is it solid. If it is solid I would suggest getting a driver with less loft. This will really improve distance for you.
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Question from Carlos G
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7/25/2014 at 8:06 AM
Hi Devan,

At the stand position, I can see your hands slightly behind the ball. At impact, where should the hands go?

Thanks,

Carlos
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Answer from Jim G
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7/25/2014 at 9:43 AM
The same place
Answer from Devan Bonebrake
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7/25/2014 at 7:35 PM
At impact even or slightly behind is ok. This is only with a driver of course.
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Comment from Dan B
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7/25/2014 at 7:35 AM
Beautiful explanation. Concise, clear. Well done Devan.
P.S. Do blonds have more fun? Didn't you used to have darker hair?
Answer from Devan Bonebrake
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7/25/2014 at 7:36 PM
Just great lighting.
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Question from Yvo S
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7/25/2014 at 4:27 AM
At my 3 par home course I do not need a driver. Does this technique (stance, tilt) apply as well for a 3 wood or 23 degree hybrid with the ball a little more backwards.
Answer from Devan Bonebrake
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7/25/2014 at 7:38 PM
No not so much. The driver is the only club you want to hit up on.
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Comment from Timothy H
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7/25/2014 at 4:05 AM
Hi Devan,
I take issue with your session on hitting up on the driver to gain distance and accuracy. Bobby Clampett in his book " The Impact Zone" discusses the five dynamics of the golf swing. Regarding the full swing Bobby describes a swing that produces the greatest distance and best accuracy is the swing that has it's bottom four inches in front of the ball. The best golfers on tour swing with a slight descending blow.
When I moved my swing bottom to in front of the ball I made some real improvements.
My contact became more solid, and I started hitting longer more accurate shots.
I rest my case
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Answer from Jim G
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7/25/2014 at 9:41 AM
unless you have a very fast swing speed, like the best golfers on tour that you speak of, most will get better distance with the driver from an ascending blow. The facts have been confirmed by trackman technology which probably wasn't around when Clampett wrote his book.
Answer from Devan Bonebrake
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7/25/2014 at 7:40 PM
That is a great book and true for irons. However not for the driver. Although the tour players averages a degree or so down the longest most efficient drivers hit up on the ball. ask Bubba Watson.

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Question from Anonymous
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7/25/2014 at 2:39 AM
Hi I would like to ask about tee positian for a 1 iron is it of the ground or of the lowest tee I have in my bag also where in my stance should I position the ball
Answer from Devan Bonebrake
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7/25/2014 at 7:41 PM
An 1/4 of an inch would be plenty and I would play it one ball inside your left heel.
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Comment from Anonymous
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7/25/2014 at 2:03 AM
Hi Devan
When I hit up (we have one hole with a tree to go round or over at Broekpolder in the Netherlands) my ball tends to fade. How do you hit up and keep it strait?
Thank you for answering my question,
Jaap Goes
Comment from Devan Bonebrake
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7/25/2014 at 7:42 PM
Chances are the club face is being held open which is easy to do sometimes when trying to hit up. Make sure you still release the club as you would normally and this should help square the club face for you!
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Question from Kenneth S
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7/24/2014 at 11:38 PM
Devan: interesting tip. You indicated that my hands should be even with or slightly behind the ball. I use an offset driver --would the hand position be the same?
Comment from Devan Bonebrake
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7/25/2014 at 7:43 PM
Unless you start hooking it yes. However with an offset driver that may have the face looking closed.
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Comment from Anonymous
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7/24/2014 at 11:19 PM
Can't wait to try as the driver is not my friend but I can hit 3 woods good and straight all day
Answer from Devan Bonebrake
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7/25/2014 at 7:46 PM
This should help a lot. But until you get it down keep bombing that 3 wood and put the ball in play!