How Many Barrels are in Your Golf Game?
John Dal Corobbo
2011 Indiana PGA Player of the Year
2009 Indiana PGA Teacher of the Year
Director of Golf Instruction
The Golf Training Academy at Prairie View Golf Club
How many barrels are in your golf game?
It would be incredible to look down a single barrel and shoot it the same way every time. But does this realistically happen? Of course not. How many of you have 4 or 5 even 6 different ball flights that come out during a round of golf? A great question to ask is how do I start to eliminate these excessive barrels and get it down to a 2-barrel game.
The first thing to understand is what flight you would like to play with. The formula for directional control is the position of the clubface when you make contact with the ball, and the path on which the club comes into the ball. If you desire a straight flight or any flight, there is a path and face position that makes this possible.
Once you understand your formula, do you have the correct grip, stance, aim and alignment? This helps cut down excessive barrels or direction in your game.
If you hold the club, stand to the ball, aim the face and align the body, understanding the factors for directional control (face and path), you can start to work on eliminating these errant barrels. This means that when you practice or play it is important to learn what your predictable margin of error will be. Focus on the feelings in your body when you hit different shots. This will help you discern what you feel when a shot goes a certain direction. Once you assimilate to the correct mechanics, the feeling of your body will make ball flight more predictable.
During this process at the practice facility or course, learn to have a wider margin of error built into your aim. If you have an unpredictable outcome in your ball flight, why would you aim directly at the target? Adjust your aim to a more conservative part of the fairway or green to give yourself the opportunity to find success on the next shot. Work on the core skills of the game and the concepts of path and clubface when you make contact with the ball. This will rid you of excessive barrels in your game.
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