When I was growing up and learning golf I always thought the perfect shot was a little draw. (Draw=The ball starts flying right of the target and curves back to the target). I wanted to swing the club a little in to out and close the club face just as I struck the ball. That is how I was taught and believed it for years. The trouble with it was it was hard to do. Sometimes I would leave it out to the right, while other times I would close it too much and hook it. Under pressure it was very hard to do. I never wanted to let it go. As a matter of fact, a cut felt great under the gun but I never practiced it. It's a great feeling playing in a tournament and thinking about a cut when you have not hit one in 20 rounds. My misses always seemed to be the opposite to what I really wanted to do. What was up with that? When I wanted to hit a draw my miss was right and when I did not want to hit a draw I would hit it way left. That kind of golf would drive a man crazy!
The P.U.R.E. Point of View
Competitive golfers must be masters of several skills to compete at a high level. Once you reach the level of collegiate golf, all golfers hit it pretty straight and far. The thing that separates most of them is the short game, game management, and the putter. There is also a unique skill that some great players have. That is the ability to correct swing problems on the course. I wish I had a nickel for every time a student told me they were hitting it right, left, thin, or fat in a tournament and could not fix it. We have all been there. The key is to not keep making the same mistake. Great golfers can recognize a trend and start to self-diagnose to eliminate the fault.