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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Martin Hall's "Key in the Keyhole" Technique for Hitting a Draw

Sometimes the solution to a problem comes when you change the way you think about it. That's why I cover much of the same material over and over but with a slightly different approach each time. And since weekend golfers typically struggle to hit draws, I make an extra effort to find new ways of approaching that problem.

Here is a recent School of Golf clip where Martin Hall attempts to teach Sara Brown how to hit a draw instead of the pull hook she often gets:

Note that Martin is using the "new ball laws" where you leave the face slightly open to create a draw -- something that seems counterproductive to most of us. And combined with the idea of hitting the ball from the inside -- that is, starting the club path out to the right for a right-hander -- the whole method may sound doomed from the start.

But please note that Martin is also recommending an unusual image to help you square up the face. He says to think of your trailing thumb as a key and your lead shoulder as a keyhole... and he wants you to try and stick the key into the keyhole as you make your swing. Let's think about this for a moment.

With the club face slightly open at address --and the hands leaning the shaft slightly ahead of the ball, which also helps square the club face as you swing through -- this "key in the keyhole" image should help you square up the club face at impact, not close it down for a hook. The ball's path is not going straight and then curving; it's starting out on a curve (caused by the slightly open face and more open path) and then straightening out as it lands.

Note that Martin says the ball should NOT cross the aim line where Sara is lined up. An almost square club face hitting the ball slightly from inside will cause the ball to draw back toward the aim line. Martin's image will NOT cause the club face to go past square at impact because the image of sticking your thumb into your shoulder at the top of your finish should put you on plane. If you twist your forearms, your trailing thumb will point straight out behind you. That's bad!

This "key in the keyhole" image can be a very useful one to help you square up the club at impact. You might want to try it if you're leaving the club face open and hitting too many slices.

And in case the video didn't embed in this post, here's the link.

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