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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Nick Clearwater on Using Your Normal Shot Strategically (Video)

I'm not going to pretend that this is a complex video because it isn't. But improving your game is rarely complex either. GOLFTEC's Nick Clearwater shares the basic concept in strategic play.

Choose your strategy to profit from your normal shot shape. That is such a dirt simple concept, yet most of us refuse to use it. We insist on trying to play shots we don't have and overestimating how far we can hit the ball or how quickly we can stop it. And then we wonder why we can't keep the ball in play.

Accept your game as it is. If you are unwilling to be realistic about what you can do, then you are planning to fail. It really is that simple.

And remember, as Clearwater says in this video, you have to adjust your aim to make your shot land where you want it to land. If, as he shows in the video, you hit a slice when you aim down the middle of the fairway and you are a right-handed golfer, then you have to aim farther left.

Let me say that again. If you normally aim down the middle of the fairway and your ball lands 30 yards right of center, then you have to aim your shot 30 yards LEFT of center to get the ball to land in the center of the fairway! Then you have to make sure you set up so you are aimed properly and you have to swing toward that target. If you just open your stance more and swing toward the center of the fairway like usual, you'll just hit a bigger slice.

The hardest part of learning to play strategy is mental. You have to decide where you need to aim and how much club you need, then you have to make sure you actually set up for that shot and make a swing that will actually create that shot. Understand what you need to do, then make yourself do it. Master that aspect of strategy and your score will improve!

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