A simple way to shape shots

Working the ball toward the hole and away from trouble is easier than you think. Playing a controlled curve on the ball allows players to attack certain hole positions. Here is an easy way to help fade or draw the ball without much tinkering with your swing.

In order to draw the ball, keep your hands above the shaft. Make a practice swing and think high hands, low club head. Rehearse this finish position, and you will automatically guide your swing on a more inside-out plane that prompts you to make an aggressive release through impact in order to keep the club head below your hands. An inside path and full release of your hands are the tell-tale traits of a solid draw swing.

To fade it, keep your hands and shaft level. Take your normal address position and make a practice swing. Finish with your hands and the shaft nearly level. It helps to think “low hands, high club head.” Rehearse this position, and you will establish a swing that moves the ball a bit across the line through impact and gives you that left-to-right cut spin you need to hit a fade.

– Doug Comer is the Director of Golf at the Clarksburg Country Club and the men’s and women’s golf coach at Fairmont State University.

Upcoming Tournaments

  • Canaan Valley Resort hosts its weekly Wednesday Night Scrambles, a nine-hole, mixed golf event. Register at the pro shop by 4:45. The format varies each week. Entry fee is $22 per person. For more information, call 304-866-4121, extension 92632.
  • The Christian Golfers Association of North Central West Virginia will hold a Par-3 tournament at the Riverbend Golf Course in Buckhannon at 5 p.m., Thursday, July 11. It will be a two-person, scramble format, and closest to the pin prizes will be awarded on each of the nine holes. Anyone getting a hole-in-1 will win all nine prizes. For more information, call 304-472-4047.
  • The Doddridge County Humane Society will hold a four-person scramble tournament at the Lake Floyd Golf Course near Salem at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 13. The entry is $45 per person, and includes golf, cart and food. For more information, call 304-873-2495 or 304-629-5410.
  • The Lake Floyd Open will hold its qualifying round between July 15-20 and its flighted rounds at 1 p.m., July 21. Entry fee is $35. For more information, call 304-782-1577.
  • The Tygart Lake Open will be held July 19-21 at the Tygart Lake Golf Course near Grafton. The $120 entry fee includes three rounds of golf, appetizers after Friday’s round and a steak dinner Saturday. There is also a $13 daily cart rental fee.

Tournament Results

Jeremy Rogers of Buckhannon finished in a tie for 19th at last week’s West Virginia Open, firing rounds of 74, 76 and 72. Alasdir Forsythe of Elkins finished 41st after shooting 77,76, and 74. Mike Rogers of Buckhannon finished 45th with scores of 78, 75 and 75.

The Christian Golfers Association of North Central West Virginia held an outing at the Riverbend Golf Club, and the team of Darrell Linger, Michelle Linger, Neale Hinkle and Charlie Straley carded a 33 to take top honors. The team of Ron Shingleton, Sandy Shingleton, Harry Grose and Larry Wamsley carded a 35.

Hole of the Week

The par-3, ninth hole at the Clarksburg Country Club plays longer than its listed 133 or 161 yards because of the uphill fairway to the elevated green. Landing short of the green will make your shot shorter as it rolls back down the slope. To the left are woods, and to the right are trees. Being long could jeopardize cars traveling into the course as the road to the clubhouse is only a few yards behind the green.

Universal Golf Law

A ball hit to the wrong green will always land 2 feet from the hole.