THE DREADED S___K!
(That word is rarely mentioned
among golfers!)

PROBLEM: When the clubhead hosel
meets the ball at impact and sends it
scurrying crazily to the right -- and too
often into big trouble!

This is one of the scariest problems in golf.

While it can and often does get into a golfer’s
head and cling there stubbornly, the good news is
that nothing really moves the ball in any direction
until someone swings a club at it.  And that’s a
physical, not a mental action.

It happens when the swingplane extends too far
from the body, causing a misalignment at impact.

Here are some possible cures.

Don’t stand too close to the ball.

Don’t let your weight come forward toward the ball
during the swing.  Settle back in your stance and
keep your weight more on your heels.

On the downswing, don’t “cast” with the hands
and shoulders from the top.  Let your legs and
body start the downswing, and pull the club down.

Keep your head still.

Make a confident (not tentative) swing with soft
hands and a smooth follow-through.
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Take a look at ball marks on the clubface.  You may be striking the ball too close to the shaft hosel, and it
will send the ball far to the right.   I also have experienced this problem, and I found a couple of ways to
cure it.   In my case, I was standing with too much weight on my toes.  When I put a little more weight on
my heels, the problem disappeared.   Another possible reason for those who have a rather flat swing
plane is that the harder you swing, the more the clubhead extends farther from your body due to centri-
fugal force, increasing the chance of striking the ball on the hosel.  If you like swinging hard, try a more
upright swing plane.  One more thing to consider, maybe your irons are not fitted properly to your body
build.  You can visit your local pro shop to check this.  If the shafts are too long, just have them shortened
and re-gripped, it is not that expensive. --  Richard Myers