How much instruction in golf books and magazines truly teach golfers how to hit the golf ball straight?
How much instruction on the Golf Channel and other TV shows actually assist golfers in hitting straight golf shots?
Not much in my way of thinking!
For example, I saw Martin Hall on the Golf Channel proposing that you should not have your hip turn synchronized with your arms dropping the clubface to the ball during the downswing.
He stated as a matter of fact, although erroneous, it was a sure way of losing distance if you did.
Now I can envision thousands of golfers believing this notion and going to the nearest practice range to try rotating their hips to the fullest extent possible before allowing their arms to drop during their downswings in an attempt to drive the golf ball straight.
If you are one of those who have tried Martin’s Hall golf method, the odds are you produced either a slice or worse, a push slice.
As a result, you probably lost instead of gained any additional distance. Adding insult to injury, you most likely ended up slicing your ball instead of producing a straight golf shot.
To truly understand golf you must appreciate how and in which direction the ball flies depends on the alignment of various bones when the clubface contacts the ball.
The shoulder line and elbow line must be aligned parallel with the directional line (target line) at the same time a square clubface contacts the ball (among other bone alignments) in order to produce a straight golf shot.
When the hips are rotated too far in advance of the arms dropping in the downswing, these alignments are no longer in sync and you are likely to produce anything but a straight golf shot.
Now I don’t doubt for a second that Martin Hall can produce a relatively straight golf shot by rotating his hips long before dropping the clubface to the ball. In doing so I will lay odds he did not have his bones aligned properly in his setup routine to produce a straight golf shot.
The advanced hip turn prior to dropping the clubface to the ball was the adjustment he needed to square his clubface to the ball at impact in order to hit a straight golf shot.
However, don’t take my word for it. Try Martin Hall’s technique, yourself, and rotate your hips as quickly and as much as possible before allowing your arms to drop your clubface to your ball during your downswing to see what happens. Most likely you will experience the old “banana ball.”
The only sure way of maximizing distance and, at the same time, producing a straight golf shot, is to lock-in a straight ball flight alignment during your setup routine, center the sweet spot of your clubface directly behind your ball, align your shoulders parallel with your target line and execute a non-manipulative golf swing.
Your hip turn will be synchronized with your arms drop and your ball will go straight and far.
There are more than 100 techniques to lock-in a straight ball flight alignment featured at http://lockedingolf,com. Some are available in Special Reports and DVDs while others are available in a variety of books.
They definitely will teach you the right way of how to hit the golf ball straight.