(for right handers) All you have to do is understand a few things. Generally speaking, the farther forward the ball is, the more left the swing path will be and for a ball farther back in the stance, the swing path will be more to the right. If the ball is straight, the club face was square to the path. If it hooks the face is closed to the path. If it slices, it is open to the path.
So all you have to do is look at your divot and what the ball is doing and you know exactly what your swing is doing.
When I used to hold the lag way too long, I played the ball pretty far back in my stance…which makes sense to me now as it is easier to get to the ball.
As you all know, I am trying to rediscover my old swing and add some natural release to it. Well, last week my divots were going way to the right and I was hitting a straight push, or a ball that was starting barley right and drawing way too much.
Using the new ball flight laws I understood that I was either not releasing properly and the club face was square to the path but way right of the target…or I would release it and it was left of that path and the ball would start on a decent line, but then draw too much. The path was too far from the inside as a result of the ball being too far back in may stance.
The farther forward the ball got, the farther left the path got…until I got the ball flight I wanted.
If you understand the new ball flight laws, you just have to look at your divot and ball flight and you can tell what is going on.
I moved the ball farther forward in small increments till the divots were only slightly right and the ball was turning to the target…and viola, a great ball striking day.
Anyone at any level can do this. It isn’t a magic pill, but you can definitely help your game long term, as well as day to day. All you have to do is adjust for a recurring miss. This may have been a bit confusing, but reread it and it will make sense.