By Dom DiJulia, Jericho National G.C., New Hope, Pa.
THE COMMON MISTAKE
Most recreational golfers like to focus on “staying down” on the ball through impact. Too often, however, this move forces you to droop in your downswing, limiting your turn and forcing you to make a weak pass at the ball using only your arms and hands.
THE MOVE THAT FIXES IT
Instead of focusing on staying down, tell yourself to stay “centered” and then explode upward off the ground through impact. When you do it correctly, you’ll feel your body elongate, making it easy to rotate your chest fully so that it faces the target in your release. It’s a power move that makes for a longer—and sunnier—walk to the ball.