Golf's Six Deadly Sins: Too Many Skied Drives

Published 28/06/2012 08:16:00

The skied drive - where the clubhead chops down, striking the bottom half of the ball and sending it virtually straight up into the air - can be caused by a number of faults. Contrary to popular belief, it is not necessarily the result of teeing the ball too high, although that's something you should nonetheless check.

Cause of skied drives

More than likely, your posture is poor, inhibiting your turn and causing you to swing the clubhead up and down too steeply

Sometimes it is simply a case of trying to hit the ball too hard from the top. Whatever the cause, the end product isn't too pleasing.

Cure: Work on a flatter plane

The drive, more than any other club in your bag, needs to be swung such that you sweep the ball away. So, to set about eliminating the sky and making sure you hit the ball solidly, you need to shallow your downswing attack.

Step 1

Try this exercise: Address the ball as you would normally and then raise the clubhead 12-18 inches off the ground.

Step 2

Now, try to swing the club away on a more rounded plane. Concentrate on a synchronising your arm-swing with your upper-body turn.

Step 3

Unwind your upper body and swing your arms on a similarly rounded plane, all the way through to the finish.

Step 4

Rehearse this several times, back and through, back and through, to familiarise yourself with the sensation of turning and swinging on a flatter plane. When you're comfortable with this movement, hit shots for real. If you persevere, your downswing attack should gradually become shallower and you'll find that your shots start to go forward more than they go upward.


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