Avoid pool noodles and you’ll hit more draws.


Getting to the top is a problem that has plagued golfers for generations. Most of us, at some point in our golfing lives, have to work our way around the issue, and for teachers like GOLF Top 100 Teacher and GOLFTEC VP of Instruction Nick Clearwater, that’s what they spend hours every day adjusting.

“Coming over, cutting the ball, is really the biggest mistake I see amateur golfers make,” he says.

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For those who don’t know exactly what overshoot is, it’s what Clearwater describes: it’s when golfers throw the club directly over the top of the ball from the top of their swing and send the clubhead outside to inside. Do this with an open clubface and you’ll hit a big slice. Keep the club face closed and it will pull the hook.

The golfer on the left below, for example, passes over, while the same player on the right does not.

But don’t worry, because seeing golfers make this mistake so often also means that Clearwater has come up with two simple exercises to remedy it…

1. Object by the ball

It doesn’t have to be a pool noodle, says Clearwarter. A bottle, headgear, or other obstacle can work just as well. Place it just outside the ball and start hitting (the ball, not the object!).

The first thing I would always recommend is to put something close to the ball,” says Clearwater. “If you are ready to cut the ball, you will directly run into this obstacle.

2. Diagonal pool noodles

You’ll need a friend to help you with this one, but all he has to do is stand there and hold a pool noodle, lineup rod, or club at a 45 angle. degrees. Your objective is simple: pass under the obstacle during your downswing.

“The ideal path is the club under the trail’s shoulder, with the shaft passing through the middle of your trail arm’s bicep, when your leading arm is parallel to the floor,” Clearwater explains.

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Luke Kerr-Dineen

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Luke Kerr-Dineen is Director of Service Journalism at GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com. In his role, he oversees the brand’s game improvement content covering instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s media platforms.

Alumnus of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina-Beaufort golf team, where he helped them rise to No. 1 in the NAIA National Rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue her Masters in Journalism at Columbia University. and in 2017 was named “Rising Star” of the News Media Alliance. His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek, and The Daily Beast.