double cross swing vault

Golf is one of the rare activities with which the better you get, the harder the sport becomes. One case in which you may experience this paradox, is with the double cross swing fault.

Advanced players know that when a shot needs to be hit with a fade, we align our body slightly left of the target while keeping the clubface square to the pin. If hit correctly, this shot adjustment will cause the ball to take a slight left to right flight towards the pin. However, when the double cross swing fault occurs, the ball will not fade to the right; it will either fly towards your body alignment line, or worst, hook to the left.

The cause of this error is simple. Because our brain is fixated on where we do not want the ball to travel, we overcompensate and release the wrists early, causing the ball to travel on the path of our initial alignment. In this case, the feet are already aligned to the left of the target and in the course of the swing, we adjust to hit the ball straight instead of keeping with the plan to hit the soft fade. To avoid hitting the double cross, concentrate on not releasing the wrists too early in the shot. double cross swing vault 1Early wrist rotation will cause the clubface to be closed upon impact and force the ball to hook. Moving the ball further back in the stance, will also help avoid a closed club face during the shot.

The double cross for the hook shot and the correction for it, are basically the opposite of that for a fade. The cause in this case are a late wrist rotation paired with the ball being too far back in the stance. Be sure to release the wrists on time, as releasing them too late will leave the club face open and cause a definite fade. Putting the ball further up in the stance will allow the wrists the appropriate time to rotate and give your ball the left to right shape needed for the shot.

As with all things in life, timing is everything. Taking this shot to the driving range will help you get a better feel for when the wrists should be released and where the ball should be in your stance.