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Golf tips from the pros: Hit and hold

This is a simple drill that has benefitted me and many of my students over the years to hit iron shots longer, more solid, and more consistent and should benefit your game as well.

This drill is called hit and hold. It helps to create a great impact feeling for golfers with early releases, casting or scooping motions. If you find yourself losing power or hitting shots that curve to the right (slices for right-handed golfers) you may be releasing your wrist angles too early in the downswing.

First, take your normal address position and focus on shortening your backswing while fully hinging your wrists. On the downswing try to maintain the angle created in your right wrist as long as possible.

It’s important to hit the ball by holding the angle in your right wrist and turning your body through the shot. It may feel as though you have an abbreviated follow through but this will give you the feeling that you need to stop the casting and scooping motion and will lead to longer, more solid iron shots.

Marc Rosa, PGA Assistant Golf Professional, Country Club of Buffalo. For Rosa’s video demonstration of this tip, go to WNY PGA club pros will offer weekly tips in Wednesday’s editions of The News.