How to Avoid the Pop-Up

A pop-up tee shot can ruin more than your score. Jason Guss shows you how to eliminate your pop-up with one quick drill.

Released on 11/3/2014

Credits

Starring: Jason Guss

Shot at Hawk Hollow Golf Club in Bath, Michigan

Transcript

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(upbeat music) Sometimes bad swings
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can wreck more than your score.
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I'm going to show you how to eliminate that popped up
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tee shot and erase those idiot marks.
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Forever.
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The problem?
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You're striking the ball too far
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off the top of the club head, the ball's going
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sky high, not to mention now you got
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this idiot mark on the top of your driver.
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The cause? As you make your back swing,
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your upper body gets too far in front of the golf ball,
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causing the driver to approach too steeply.
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How do you fix it?
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You need to feel like you have
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a much shallower swing plane,
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and you're almost hitting up on the golf ball.
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I want you to get a pencil off your golf cart.
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Take the eraser out and throw it away.
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Then I want you to tee the ball
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up as high as you can tee it up.
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If you make your old swing, where your upper body
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gets too far in front, that club's going to hit
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down too steeply and pop it up in the air again.
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You need to feel like you're going to make some
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level swings above the top of the golf ball.
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It's going to make your shoulders rotate
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a little bit better, and it's going to help keep
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your upper body behind the golf ball.
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If you can establish that feeling,
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you'll stop your popped up drive,
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and you'll be bombin' it in no time.
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If you have an idiot mark on your driver
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already, here's how you fix it.
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