When You Gotta Find The Fairway
Fix that weak drive to the right with help from Rickie Fowler and Butch Harmon.
Released on 7/6/2015
|Starring:||Rickie Fowler and Butch Harmon|
Well, you've been bombing this driver lately.
Let's see you hit a couple.
You got it, Butch.
What in the world was that?
Man, I'm outta here.
Well, we all know you don't hit drives like that
with a big slice, but in reality, when you're at home,
at the club, and you see guys on the range,
or when I'm here at the golf school,
most the people we see hit a weak slice.
Let's talk a little bit about why they hit slices
and what causes it.
I think a lot of it starts from the setup
and from the way they take the club away.
I mean, talk about amateurs, I mean definitely
have a big gap in their game.
It's consistency off-the-tee, proper setup, takeaway,
just allowing themselves to make a good swing.
One of the first things that you and I did
when I went to work with you a couple years ago
was to change your posture a little,
'cause you had your head buried down in here,
you couldn't make a full turn,
so let's see ya set up to one in a good athletic position.
Remember, golf swing is an athletic move.
You gotta be ready to respond.
The setup is the key and being a consistent driving
the golf ball, hitting a lot of fairways,
so we'll see if we can clean that up a bit.
If you can see the lines are square here.
See his chin's up off his chest.
You get good posture.
Now, from here, see this move that Ricky made right here?
This is one of the biggest changes that we made
in your golf swing a couple years ago.
You used to take the club outside your hands going back,
and I see that a lot in the average player.
So we had you go there.
You've actually incorporated that
into your waggle on every shot.
Yeah, just give myself a feeling of where I wanna go.
The first movement off the ball is so crucial,
making sure that at times, we talked about being deliberate,
making sure it's the right tempo.
You get to quick off the ball,
and that throws off the whole swing.
Boy, I'll tell you what.
Tempo's so important 'cause the high handicaps
you and I see, they swing as hard as they can
just in case they hit it.
They have no tempo.
Alright, let's go up to the top of the swing and stop,
and I'll show everybody what causes the slice.
Okay, you're in a good position here.
When you make a good swing, your weight transfers,
your hands and arms just drop to this position.
With a high handicapper with a slicer,
they start with all their motion over the top.
Club comes down too steep and wipes across,
and they've got no chance.
It's gonna look like a wounded flamingo
coming in for a landing to the right.
It has no power in it at all.
Yeah, the big thing, having the lower body.
That has to really drive and get everything going
to create that power and get in the right position.
A good thought for the average guy
is when you feel like you transfer your weight,
let that right shoulder stay back a little
and just feel like you're hitting the inside
of that golf ball and swinging it out to the right.
Remember, to get out of hitting the ball to the right,
you have to swing to the right.
What do you think you've picked up
in the past year-and-a-half?
About 10, 12 yards on your drive, maybe?
Yeah, easy 10 yards.
That's nice, how come you didn't
Straight and 10 yards. give me 10 yards?
Nah, you're passing it on to me.
Okay, that's good.
Let's see you bomb one, here.
Show 'em how it's supposed to look.
(club striking balls)
Oh yeah, yeah, that looked like one of those drives
you powered down 18 at the TPC when you won this year.
Those ones worked out just fine.
Let's just keep doing that.
You got it, Butch.
(club striking ball)
Hey, dude, no more slices for you.
You got that right.
Hey, cheers my man. Cheers.