John Daly has brilliantly simple advice for fixing your bad golf shots

John Daly's has injected much of his own swing into his son's game.

John Daly has one of my favorite swings in all of golf. Golfers tend to focus on on his extra-long backswing (which is, admittedly, very awesome), but I like Daly’s golf swing for another reason: it’s so simple. He sets up with textbook fundamentals, and thinks of nothing other than turning back freely, and swinging hard. It’s a brilliant reminder of how simple the golf swing can, and maybe should, be.

And when things do get off, Daly uses a series of simple solutions to get everything back on track. Things like hitting a bunch of balls with only his left arm, which helps him control the clubface and improves his rhythm.

I was reminded of another of Daly’s simple golf swing solutions this week, when the PGA Tour Champions posted this video from 2018 featuring Daly alongside his son John Jr., who will tee it up at the PNC Father-Son Challenge later this year. In the video John Jr., who has a pretty epic golf swing himself, is working on hitting a draw, which John Sr. says is as simple as altering your ball-position. When John Jr. wants to hit more of a draw, John Sr. tells him to simply move it further up in his stance.

“The more the ball is up [in your stance], the more the clubface should be rotating right to left, which makes you hit it further left,” Daly says.

Your ball position is so important that it can solve all sorts of issues, both directional and when it comes to contact.

“Always check your ball position. If you’re hitting it fat or too far behind it, just move it one way or the other so you don’t. Just make it simple,” Daly says. “Even in Little John’s young age, he knows where that ball’s got to be.”

Watch the full video below…

Luke Kerr-Dineen Contributor

Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Game Improvement Editor at GOLF Magazine and In his role he oversees the brand’s game improvement content spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.

An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University. His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.