Mike Southern does a superb job of explaining some of the golf techniques that made Lee Trevino such a fantastic shot maker in a recent article.
One of Trevino’s golf technique was to keep a firm left hand during the impact zone of his down swing.This was one of the reasons why he was able to perfect his signature burning wedge golf method.
Below is a portion of Mike Southern’s article and his golf swing tips.
“Although his swing was often ridiculed, no one could attack pins like Lee Trevino. The unusual techniques he used when hitting shots were developed on the hard fairways and windy conditions in Texas, where he learned to play. Trevino turned pro in 1960 and won 29 tournaments during his PGA Tour career, including six majors – two U.S. Opens, two British Opens and two PGA Championships. Many pros looking for an edge study the approach of the “Merry Mex,” and his tips are usually simple enough that a weekend player can learn them quickly.
Firm Lead Wrist
It doesn’t matter whether you talk full swing or short game, Trevino almost always recommends keeping your lead wrist firm. (That’s the left wrist for a right-handed player.) Too many swing faults are caused by flipping your wrists at impact. That firmer lead wrist helps you play a slight fade, which was Trevino’s preferred shot. For players struggling to chip better, Trevino recommends practicing with two or three thick rubber bands to hold your club’s grip against your lead wrist. It eliminates any extra wrist motion so that you’ll hit the ball more consistently.
The Burning Wedge
This imaginatively named shot, also called a check wedge, is the trademark Trevino shot. The burning wedge comes in low, hits the green with a lot of backspin, takes a couple of hops and either stops almost in its tracks or spins back slightly. As with most Trevino swings, you want to keep your lead wrist firm. Leave the ball in its normal position in your stance, but open your stance and stand closer to the ball in order to use a very steep, downward stroke. Be sure your club hits the ball before it hits the ground; you should take a divot after – not before – you hit the ball. Rocco Mediate won the PGA Tour’s Frys.com Open in 2010 after a lesson from Trevino. Mediate holed out from the fairway in three rounds and made a hole-in-one in the other using Trevino’s tips for the wedge shot.
Don’t Grip Down
Perhaps because he was never a long hitter, Trevino preferred to make all shots except chips and pitches with the full shaft. On the short shots, control is important, but choking down on the grip prevents you from hitting the ball as high. Trevino was revered for his ability to consistently hit the ball at the same trajectory, which made his distance control extremely accurate, but he also had trouble hitting high shots, so he only gripped down on chips and pitches – and never on any club longer than a 9-iron.”
You can find this full article by Mike Southern at http://golftips.golfsmith.com/lee-trevino-golf-techniques-20149.html.
Trevino often remarked he purposely aligned his body to the left of his target line and pushed his golf shots on a straight path to his target. In doing so, he never full released his club during his down swing. He lived by these golf swing instructions.
Although a very unorthodox, it kept his ball on line directly to his target and hit some of the best golf shots ever known.
For better shot making you may wish to try Trevino’s golf technique of aligning your body to the left of your target line and hitting a push golf shot directly to your target.