Hit your golf ball in a straight line Lee Treviño style

Most recreational golfers have spent their golfing careers trying to find a reliable swing that allows them to hit the ball directly. That is all. Just keep the ball on the fairway and head onto the green. Adjustments and more lessons have never worked. But there is one swing that is easy to learn and designed to do only one thing: hit the ball directly. Keep reading.

In 1968, a self-taught golfer won the US Open on his third attempt. Lee Treviño had a swing unlike any seen before, and golf experts predicted that such a swing would not hold up under tournament pressure. It was actually designed to do just that, and Treviño won 29 PGA tournaments, including six major championships.

Most professional golfers fought with a hook early in their careers and created a swing that would avoid that shot. Treviño triumphed in that regard better than any player since Ben Hogan, with a swing that did two things. First, he delayed the clubhead’s throw so he couldn’t turn and steer the ball to the left. Second, it kept the clubhead heading toward the target for a little longer than the classic swing, increasing the margin for directional error.

Here’s how to do it. A more complete description is found in Treviño’s book, Groove Your Golf Swing My Way.

Set up with your open posture. Open road. If your target line runs from 3 o’clock to 9 o’clock, your support line runs from 2 o’clock to 8 o’clock. Turn your hands to the right so you can see three knuckles on the back of your left hand when you grip the stick. Square the clubface to the target.

Remove the stick along the target line, not its support line. It will feel like you are swinging the stick inward, but that’s okay. When you turn back toward the ball, start by sliding your knees toward the target. Think slip, don’t twist. The payoff comes when you get on the ball doing these three things:

1. The back of your left hand remains facing the target, resisting the tipping of the forearms.

2. Your right shoulder rotates down below your chin.

3. Continue to chase the club down the goal line after the ball has been hit.

Once you get the hang of it, you’ll get shot after shot so direct you’ll think you can’t do it any other way. If at first the ball always goes to the right, then the set-up points more to the left: stance, clubface, everything.

Honestly, now. If you’ve been struggling your entire life to hit the ball straight and still can’t do it with the swing you’ve been working on, then it’s time to do something different. I might ask you what you have to lose, but the real question is, how much would you like to win?

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