Seve’s 3 secrets to great corner play, according to a Hall of Fame coach


Hall of Fame Coach Mike Adams kicks off our new Golfer to Golfer series by taking a closer look at Seve’s short game.

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Welcome to our new series, Golfer to Golfer, where we take a closer look at the best golfers in the hope that the rest of us can learn something that can our own games. This week, we kick off the series with GOLF Hall of Fame professor Mike Adams taking a closer look at Seve’s corner game.

Seve Ballesteros was one of the greatest scramblers and short game masters of all time. He may not have hit every shot perfectly from tee to green, but he could save par from anywhere. Even better, it would have you sitting on the edge of your seat to see what the next players were up to.

As far as I can see, Seve had three keys to his golden corner game – which you can learn from each.

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1. The club face is always pointing towards the target

Whether it’s a full swing or around the green, the ball always deflects in the direction the clubface is pointing. That’s why, when it comes to making sure the ball is moving in the direction you want it, knowing where the clubface is aiming is so important.

You can build this into your setup and setup routine. When you watch big players, like Seve, they often aim for their clubface first and then build the rest of their setup around the clubface. This is true from putting, short game and all the way to full swing.

2. Your head position will determine the bottom of your swing arc

Remember that your club will bottom out or hit the ground directly under your nose. Controlling the low point of your swing will improve dramatically if you ensure your head is in line with the ball at impact. If your head is back behind the ball at impact, misses will tend to be both fat and thin.

This is extremely important around the green, when good contact is paramount and any missed shots can result in a miss or a thin shot.

3. Your arms always swing along the shoulder line

Your swing path will most often be determined by your shoulder line, which is absolutely affected by ball position.

An example of this would be if your ball stance is forward of the center of your stance, your shoulders will naturally open up towards the target. This will still affect the swing path, producing an inside exit path.

The reverse would be true for a back ball position.

The real art of being a great cornerer, like Seve, is knowing how to mix in the setup changes for your desired ball flight and curve. Understanding these great fundamentals leads to success and excellent decision-making.

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