A One Way Miss

Often you will hear of the idea, usually from a very good player, of trying to develop a one-way miss. Top players are often trying to get to the level where when they do hit one offline it goes to a consistent side of the target. A player can often reach a very high level of play because of this ability. The shot is more often then not a fade.

There are many good players that do very much have a one sided miss. And it makes the game much easier as now you effectively have more fairway to aim at.

If a right handed player finds that they cannot hit the ball to the left, and their only miss is to the right, then that player can then aim down the left hand side of the fairway knowing that if they do not hit the shot perfectly there is still the chance the ball will catch the right hand side of the fairway. Meaning that if the fairway is 30 yards wide, and they are aiming at the 5 yards of fairway on the left, then they effectively have 25 yards of room to miss in.

Where if a player has the potential to miss both ways, left and right, then the player will most likely have to aim down the middle of the fairway and in the case of a 30 yard fairway they will only have 15 yards either side to miss in if their ideal shot does not happen.

Also, a one sided miss is often much better under pressure, as it comes with less to worry about.

Now, that sounds great in theory, but it doesn’t mean you should run and out and start working on your fade. There is a bit you need to know first, there is usually two kinds of player that has a one-way miss.

Firstly, there is the player that has hit the one shot for as long as they can remember. As if their hands do not know any other way to release the thing, and so using a player like this to model yourself on may not be ideal. Though if you do just decide to just start working the ball a certain way, somewhat figuring it out to work, you better be in it for the long haul. Simply making the ball work only one way, without targeting certain areas of your technique will require a lot of trial and error and most importantly it will take a lot of time to master (years).

Doing it this way, call it a more organic way, may leaving you open to limiting yourself, particularly in terms of how much speed you can add to your swing before your one way shot starts to break down. Often a player that can only hit it one way will be reluctant to swing to aggressively as it puts their shot in jeopardy.

The second way to go about creating your one-way miss would be to work very diligently on your technique, so as a result you become a lot less prone to hook the ball. In short, the most effective way to create a one-way miss via technique is to create an impact position that is built on body rotation and a complementing wrist set that does not allow the club to roll over through impact and close the club face.

This is the method I would prefer someone to use. You need to improve what you’ve got so it becomes a one way miss, not just hit shots avoiding one side.

The main point of this bit of writing is to show that having a one-way miss is extremely valuable asset, but because of its value it is also fairly hard to get. It takes time, like any worth while swing change.

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