We’ve all seen people create a bad swing due to this BAD TARGET. It’s when we have to hit over a bunker, or over water, or to an elevated green, or even when we have a downhill lie….. The TARGET becomes UP. We try to lift the ball up over the bunker, or over the water, or up to the elevated green, etc…. It makes total sense…. The problem: IT’S ABSOLUTELY WRONG!
It guarantees a bad swing! if your target is “the sky”, you will make a swing that attempts to get under the ball and then lift it up…. Well, the ball sits on the ground and in most cases, when attempting this swing we will hit the ground too soon and lift into the middle or top of the ball, sculling or topping the shot on the ground!!!
I think you know what I mean here… We’ve all done it. We’ve all seen people do it. I’m not criticizing, just pointing out that it’s not necessarily a lack of swing knowledge that caused this, but rather a BAD TARGET that caused the swing mechanics to break down!!!!
Can you see this golfer’s “lift” as he gets to the ball? You should notice how he straightens up just at and past impact in his attempt to lift ball over the water:
BAD TARGET #2: “Up”
The true “angle of attack” on most all shots is slightly descending relative to the lie of the ground. The TARGET is forward and level (or slightly downward). We use a lofted club to deflect the ball upward!
Have a shot over a bunker? Well, swing level with a lofted club and the ball will deflect off the face upward and over the bunker!!!
Have a shot to an elevated green? Well, swing level with a lofted club and the ball will deflect off the face upward and on to the green!!!
Have a downhill lie? Well, set up to the level of the ground, and swing DOWN THE HILL!
Any attempt to manually “lift” will cause fat and thin shots because the club will bottom out too soon in your attempt to get under and lift the ball….
BAD TARGET, BAD SWING.