Herm Edwards: How to Get More Loft on the Ball

Former Kansas City Chiefs coach and ESPN analyst Herm Edwards is struggling with getting the ball up in the air. Can Hank help him fix his de-lofted shots?

Released on 12/1/2014

Credits

Starring: Hank Haney and Herm Edwards

Shot at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Transcript

00:00
Hi, I'm Hank Haney,
00:01
and it's time for another five minute fix.
00:03
(rock music)
00:07
Next up, one of my favorite people in the world,
00:10
Coach Herm Edwards.
00:12
Hank, I need help.
00:13
(laughing)
00:17
Basically I was struggling
00:17
with getting the ball up in the air.
00:18
I was closing the club face taking the ball back.
00:26
Herm's tendency is to take the club back
00:28
where he hoods it going back and takes it too much inside.
00:31
Then when he goes inside he has to come over the top.
00:34
When he comes over the top he gets down,
00:36
and he delofts the club.
00:39
The handle is going back first
00:41
instead of the club head.
00:43
Where you go to a point where you're parallel to the ground,
00:46
that's your key point right there.
00:47
Instead of being so much down and to the left,
00:50
you're coming more up and to the right.
00:52
That'll add some loft to the club,
00:53
get his shots up in the air,
00:54
and it'll start the ball more on line also.
00:57
Hit up on it.
00:58
Come on, up, up, up.
00:59
[Herm] The hardest thing I've ever tried to do.
01:01
(club connecting with golf ball)
01:03
[Hank] There we go.
01:04
That's what I'm talking about.
01:05
That's what I'm talking about brother.
01:06
That's five minute fix
01:09
With Herm Edwards I immediately saw what we needed to fix.
01:12
When he's taking the club back,
01:13
he's pressing his hands forward
01:15
and hooding the club face when he takes it back.
01:17
That's delofting the club
01:18
and causing him to hit real low shots,
01:20
so I wanted him to keep his arms in front of his body,
01:23
get everything started back together
01:24
so that he had loft on the club.
01:26
By practicing with the ball high on a tee,
01:28
feeling like he's hitting up
01:30
and hitting it over a high tree in front of him
01:32
that gave him the proper approach coming into the ball
01:34
and got his shots elevated a lot more.
01:36
One thing about coaching, every pupil is different.
01:38
You have to have a way to break the cold of how you teach,
01:41
and Hank Handy is an excellent teacher.
01:43
He's coached the best player on the planet, Tiger Woods,
01:45
and when you think about an amateur like myself or others,
01:48
he takes the same time, same demeanor,
01:50
and will give you some things
01:52
that will help you become a better golfer.
01:54
If you like what you saw in the five minute fix,
01:56
join the conversation below.
02:01
[Herm] I got Hank over here.
02:02
He can fix ya.
02:03
(laughter)
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