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Question from Anonymous
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9/2/2014 at 9:29 AM
Hi so to hit it straight it must be struck from inside to inside correct
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Answer from Jim G
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9/2/2014 at 9:46 AM
A straight shot is the product of a club face that is square to the path of the swing.
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Question from Anonymous
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9/2/2014 at 9:18 AM
I have Ping G20 woods and irons. They are considered "game improvement" clubs. I think they are designed to help golfers hit the ball straight. If this is true, do they also make it more difficult to fade or draw the golf ball?
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Question from Theodis P
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9/2/2014 at 8:20 AM
Do the hands play a part? Weak, strong grip?
Answer from Mike Adkins, Certified Instructor
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9/2/2014 at 8:30 AM
Theo, hands can change, this drill is to help manage club path changing the hands is fine tuning the shot. Good question!
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Question from Anonymous
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9/2/2014 at 8:07 AM
When you demonstrate the swing can the video be in slow motion making it easier to follow the swing path?
Answer from Mike Adkins, Certified Instructor
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9/2/2014 at 8:30 AM
We will work on that for future clips.
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Question from Arthur N
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9/2/2014 at 7:44 AM
Does ball position change when trying to hit a draw as vs a cut?
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Comment from Anne S
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9/2/2014 at 7:10 AM
Best explanation and demonstration I have seen yet! Well done
Answer from Mike Adkins, Certified Instructor
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9/2/2014 at 8:29 AM
Thanks Anne!
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Question from Anonymous
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9/2/2014 at 6:47 AM
Hi Mike - it seems to me that you must take the club back on the inside. I can see how you can then go outside then and over the top to produce a slice. What I would like to know is what you have to do to ensure the clubface then keeps square on the downswing to hit it straight.

Thanks, Graham
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Question from Cynthia B
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9/2/2014 at 5:52 AM
I wish I could of seen you would of said where/which direction you ball went. I too am interested in learning if one's stance needs to be adjusted. YOu demonstrated it well, but I will have topractice on the driving range.
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Comment from BIll H
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9/2/2014 at 5:37 AM
Mike, I am still working at it but I haven't had much success learning to swing inside by avoiding an obstacle. I need a swing thought. Like keep your chest facing at or behind the ball. I like your different explanation of swing path with this clock metaphor though. All these different ideas help. Sometimes you can wear an idea out, if you know what I mean. A new way of thinking about a concept often helps.
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9/2/2014 at 8:28 AM
Bill, let the arms be passive. Most players swing out to end because of the sequence of the down swing. Let the lower body lead and then let the arms be passive.
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Comment from Anonymous
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9/2/2014 at 4:39 AM
I thought it was the relationship of face to swing path which determined ball flight. If the swing path is less left than the face, even if out to in, the ball will still hook, won't it? And vice versa.
Answer from Mike Adkins, Certified Instructor
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9/2/2014 at 8:27 AM
Yes but making the ball curve is one thing but curving a desired amount at your intended target is different
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Question from Paul C
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9/2/2014 at 3:17 AM
how far from the tee (with driver of course) should the towels be located? Is this training also advised with irons or hybrids first, thus before doing it with a driver?
Answer from Mike Adkins, Certified Instructor
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9/2/2014 at 8:27 AM
Paul, you can absolutely use this for irons to hybrids. The towels are visual to help you achieve a moe. They can be about 3' behind and in from of the ball.
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Question from Anonymous
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9/2/2014 at 2:30 AM
I'm a left handed player and I can usually hit shots with a slice for dog legs that are left. and when the dog legs go right I seem to drive the ball straight can you figure this out for me. Respectfully Yours: Thomas Puchtel Portland OR.
Answer from Mike Adkins, Certified Instructor
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9/2/2014 at 8:25 AM
Thomas, would need to see your swing but essentially there is no differential between club face and club path. Try to get the path more left or the face more right.
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Question from Harry T
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9/2/2014 at 1:15 AM
Thanks Mike but I would have thought you would have given more knowledge what the clubhead has to be doing at impact as if I just focus on hitting in to out for example I am going to be hitting some pretty big pushes unless I get something happening with the clubface and also with the out to in swing path although with different results.

can you explain in more detail what the additional information should be in your opinion concerning the above points.

Keep up the good work and have a great say ahead in your sunny office.
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9/2/2014 at 8:24 AM
Harry, there is not opinion on what makes the ball curve, with center hits if the face closed to the path it hooks if the face is open to the path it fades. Managing path inside this formula will help curve the ball towards the intended target. Great question Harry
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Comment from Michael D
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9/2/2014 at 12:37 AM
Good lesson. I know the mechanics of the draw and cut you so ably describe, but when I choose, reliability is always in jeopardy. I can sometimes execute it well, and sometimes not. You don't suggest any setup changes when seeking a draw or cut, only a change in swing path. That is OK for the very skilled amateur or profesional but for the rest of us may be difficult. Can you recommend a drill(s) the dedicated amatuer can do to help improve reliability in shot shape choice? Maybe set-up changes or other mechanical change that may be more easily mastered than simply a swing path choice?
Answer from Mike Adkins, Certified Instructor
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9/2/2014 at 8:22 AM
Michael, create shots the have consequences on curve balls. Start with dramatic hooks and fades, closed body alignments for hooks open for fades and then start softening the amount they curve. Also check grip pressure, tight for fades loose for hooks.
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Question from Anonymous
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9/2/2014 at 12:32 AM
Why did you not mention anything about an open or closed stance? Also I find more success when hitting a draw to slow down swing speed grip pressure is lighter. Much or similar to hitting a low under the wind shot.
Answer from Mike Adkins, Certified Instructor
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9/2/2014 at 7:50 AM
Yes, it could be elaborated on much more but this drill is to give a visual on how to change path.
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Comment from Eric D
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9/2/2014 at 12:04 AM
Great tip, thanks!
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Question from Anonymous
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9/1/2014 at 11:32 PM
So what do you change in your stance, hands or grip, or?? to make the change in swing trajectory
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Question from William M
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9/1/2014 at 9:52 PM
How far apart should the towels be? Is the ball placed at equal distance between the towels
Answer from Mike Adkins, Certified Instructor
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9/1/2014 at 10:44 PM
William, give yourself about 3' in front and behind the ball.
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Comment from Anonymous
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9/1/2014 at 9:28 PM
Nice tip, just show your swing in slow motion and show the flight of the ball.
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9/1/2014 at 10:43 PM
Thanks for the info, will improve for the next video.
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Question from Winfield P
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9/1/2014 at 9:04 PM
Could you comment on maintaining the path following impact, e.g., avoiding the dreaded 'chicken wing'?
Answer from Mike Adkins, Certified Instructor
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9/1/2014 at 10:46 PM
Winfield, start by doing this in slow motion to trine the movement then start adding speed. Also look at one of my past drills, the extension drill to avoid the chicken wing.
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Answer from Jim G
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9/2/2014 at 9:54 AM
Check out the browse page for some good drills and exercises that can help cure the chicken wing problem by clicking on the word "browse" located just above the box where you left your question. On the next page that pops up type the words "chicken wing" into the search box on the right side of the page and click "search"....Enjoy!