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How to Stop Blocking Shots in a Golf Swing

The golf swing is a fluid motion. Many golfers find that the minute they get one flaw corrected that another one tends to pop up. One of the most common flaws is the blocked shot. When golfers have a vertical swing plane, the arms pull across the body toward the target. As a result, the club head enters the impact area with an open angle and the result is a blocked shot.

  1. Align yourself properly to the hole. Make sure your left shoulder is facing the target squarely before you begin your swing. Your left foot should be directly beneath your shoulder and your feet need to be about shoulder-width apart. Bend your knees so that you can easily transfer your feet from your back leg to your front. Play the ball about one ball width closer to your front foot than your back foot.

  2. Rotate your hips fully when you begin your backswing. A full rotation will lead to accuracy and power. Many golfers begin to rotate their hips but begin their downswing before they have reached the top of their swing. You are at this point when you can't roll your hips to the rear any further. This leads to an inevitable blocking of the shot.

  3. Rotate your hips to the left to begin your downswing. After a count of "1," bring along your hands and arms. Your club head should strike the ball just as your left hip gets through the hitting zone. It should be a smooth and consistent movement. If you wait longer than a count of one, your hands will be late and the result will be a blocked shot.

  4. Finish your swing with a full follow through. Golfers want to see the results of their swing and they want to watch it fly down the fairway. However, if you stop your swing prematurely, the likelihood is that the ball will not finish correctly and your shot will veer off to the right. Make sure your arms are at shoulder height on the follow through in order to avoid blocking the ball.

    Tip

    As you start your downswing, rotate the knuckles of your left hand, or right hand if you're left-handed, slightly toward the ground to help close the face of your golf club, which can keep you from blocking the ball off to the right.

    Warning

    Avoid injuries and joint stress. Perform a short warm-up, practice with good form and posture, keep your swing smooth and don't over swing.

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About the Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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