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A simple backswing technique to hit better partial shots

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The author, Scott Hamilton has created a four-lesson video course with his keys to achieving consistent, solid contact. The Solid Contact Series is available for free on his website OnTourGolf.com.  

The PGA Tour players I’m coaching are really detail-oriented guys. They can tell the difference between a wedge that has a little too much bounce or a putter that has a degree too much loft. They can detect these subtle changes because they perform consistently enough to see it in the way the bounce interacts with the turf or the way the ball rolls along the green.

Tour players can get wrapped up in what can seem like small things to the average guy. Over the years, I’ve learned that the better a golfer gets and the higher the level of competition, the more the small things can add up to be the difference between good and great. One of those small things is the ability to hit shots close from distances that fall between their full swing yardages. 

As Tour players get closer to the green, hitting it close becomes a bigger priority. PGA Tour stats indicate that the No. 1 influence on a player’s chances of making a putt is how long or short it is. The 10-to-15 yard gap that exists between most player’s irons and wedges represents a 30-foot range in the distance an approach may be from the hole when it lands. Combining how far offline a shot is with how long or short it travels increases the distance from the hole and decreases the chances for making the putt.  

With this in mind, I want all my players to be great at controlling their distance and direction, especially when they’re hitting shorter clubs into the green. They need to hit accurate shots to distances that fall between their full-swing yardages. In order to do that, they often have to take less than a full swing. I’ve found that a simple backswing technique allows my guys to maintain their accuracy when they are playing “off speed,” as I call it. 

In the video, I show you the backswing technique I coach my guys to use to hit it close to the hole when they need to hit a partial shot.

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Currently teaching 14 PGA Tour players, Scott Hamilton is a staple on the PGA Tour range each week. In 2015, a poll of PGA Tour players conducted by Golf Digest ranked him as the No. 2 instructor on the PGA Tour. His players like him for his ability to conduct a complete analysis of their games and return a simple solution to help them play better. “You get the result you want without all the big words.” as Scott often says.

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15 Comments

  1. RoGar

    Mar 30, 2016 at 12:44 am

    Thumbs up!!!

  2. Corey

    Mar 27, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Scott, what brand of 5 pocket pants are you wearing in that video?

    • Scott Hamilton

      Apr 6, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      Not sure. Got a bunch of em. Got them at my wife’s store Blue Sky.

  3. HANK HANEY

    Mar 24, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Pure brilliance!!

  4. mhendon

    Mar 23, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    I’ve been playing golf for over 20 years so I’ve seen or heard virtually every tip imaginable. So this was a breath of fresh air and it seams like a good tip to.

  5. jamesnames

    Mar 23, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Good stuff. Thanks.

    Though, if you’re teaching it you might want to use the term centripetal force instead of centrifugal. Centrifugal force is a fictitious force.

    • Scott Hamilton

      Mar 25, 2016 at 11:37 am

      Man- I’m country. I’m lucky I even got that close.

  6. David Leadbetter

    Mar 23, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    I have a light saber for this

  7. Shallowface

    Mar 23, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    This is good stuff! Looking forward to more from Scott Hamilton.

  8. Other Paul

    Mar 23, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    i dont understand what all the shank votes are about.

  9. Michael Breed

    Mar 23, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    WHAT I TEACH!!!!!!!!! IS TOO TAKE CLUB BACK & FORM L!!!!!! THAN SAY YABBA DABBA DOO &SWING FORWARD THIS SHOULD PRODUCE A SHOT THAT IS THE CORRECT DISTANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Adam Scott

      Mar 23, 2016 at 6:26 pm

      Never knew that Michael Breed was also a Class A Dunce in addition to a Class A PGA pro.

  10. 4pillars

    Mar 23, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    That’s quite clever.

    I’ll get the flashlights when I am doing my Easter DIY shopping.

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