Day 9: 9 Ball Shot Shaping Drill

In this Day 9 capstone video, you'll learn Tiger's "9 Shots" drill, which will help you master each combination of trajectory (high/normal/low) with curvature (left/straight/right). I'll even walk you through how to score yourself with this drill so you can tell: What parts of your ball striking need the most work; What your "go to" shot ought to be; How you're improving over time. Check out the video now because you can have fun while mastering shotmaking!

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Gary C
Been hitting balls at the range putting everything I’ve drilled together. I noticed today that when I lightly grip the club everything seems to come together and I can hit a very easy and effortless feeling shot that goes straight consistently. Been practicing with my 58 degree wedge since that was my shortest club for drilling indoors and is most comfortable at this point. Was carrying this club about 80-90 yards with an easy swing. While I am happy with that result I am curious on a few things. 1. How do I build on the fundamentals I’ve learned to be able to hit both a draw and fade when needed? 2. How do I know when I have really flushed the ball (especially with range balls)? 3. When I swing very easy I get a good result in distance and and the ball staying on target but when I try to hit the ball harder to gain more distance I actually end up hitting the ball less far and my contact overall suffers. Was hoping I could get to a carry of 100 yards with my 58 degree wedge but am I striving for something that is unnecessary given I am consistently carrying the ball 80+ and straight when I swing easy?
June 2, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gary. Owning the swing first will aid in the switch up on ball flight. When you don't have to think about the other mechanics you will be open to controlling different rates with chest rotation and holding the club off. It will be feel based. Range balls are tough to know because of the lower compression. I haven't really described a flushed shot before, but feels like butter. Swing easy but you may be changing power sources when going harder. You could be tensing and deleting lag vs allowing for more lag and more aggressive leverage pull from the ground on posting.
June 3, 2021
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Ian
When playing the draw or fade, what is the relative position of the club face at set up. Ian
July 9, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ian. Ideally, still aimed at the intended target.
July 9, 2016
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Brandon
Hi, do you have a link to a calendar that pros use to plan out their daily practice sessions? I would be curious to see how they structure their days and what is on their checklist of shots to practice everyday.
May 2, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Brandon, we do not have a specific calendar as each player is a little bit different. Some players are constantly adjusting their practice schedule to accommodate any current weaknesses in their game. As instructors, we can help lay out a game plan for the player based on where all facets of their games are currently at.
May 2, 2016
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Brandon
Are there any drills you do to hit the sweet spot consistently? One thing I've tried is using Dr. Scholl's foot spray to check my impact, but it's difficult to do this with irons/wedges.
January 17, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Brandon. Work on solid impact positioning and alignments. Impact Series and (Face On/Down the Line) alignments video will help with the sweet spot.
January 18, 2016
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Roger
Do you play all 9 shots with the same club? Or a longer club to hit the same target with a high flight?
January 5, 2016
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Steven (Certified RST Instructor)
Roger- use the same club for every shot! Good training game.
January 5, 2016
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Arnie
Great series! Is there a series about how to hit balls above/below your feet? Uphill/downhill lies?
November 26, 2014
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Arnel -- Really glad to hear that you enjoyed the 9 day series. We do in fact have a series of videos that will be released starting next week on uneven lies. I would look for them to start releasing on Thursday.
November 27, 2014
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Kim
Can you tell me what variations in distance you would expect from the different ball trajectories, for example on a 7 iron?
October 12, 2014
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
Kim, To be honest, there's no way to tell without hitting the range and testing it out after you have your ball striking honed in. There are many variables in how far the ball is going to fly. The degree to which you hit the ball higher or lower in trajectory will have a big impact on that. How cleanly that you hit the ball, the wind, slope of the hole, humidity, the lie the ball was hit from, there are all kinds of factors when addressing distance. However, when you hone in your trajectory shots to the point where you can hit your high and low ones at consistent heights, you might find that you have a variance of plus or minus a club. So, a lower trajectory will have that 7 iron coming into the green like a 6 iron and a high 7 will come in like an 8 iron. At least, that is what I have noticed in my own game. Like I said, there are many factors and it will be different for each person. You'll have to hash it out on the range. Hopefully, you can find a range that uses new golf balls so you can get a good reading. I hope this helps, R.J.
October 12, 2014

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