My swing has become steadily worse in the last three weeks. Although it feels as if my swing is perfectly fine, I'm either pulling the ball to the left or the ball starts out straight but curls off badly to the left due to an out of control draw.
The solution was simple. The pro took one look at how I was addressing the ball and perceived the slight flaw immediately: my club head was closed. All I had to do was open the club face slightly more so that the front edge of the club lies perpendicular to my stance, e.g. the line connecting the front of my two feet.
As it turns out, the pro molded my stance with some slight tweaks which also helped me hit the ball more consistently straight, namely the following:
- don't bend the knees so much and stand up straighter
- push the buttocks back slightly
- hold the hips in position and rotate shoulders slightly so that they are aligned with the stance, and thusly aiming at the target
What a great pleasure it is being able to hit the ball straight and pure again. I guess I won't give up golf after all.