quote:Originally posted by brianman
Lee Trevino was always
a good player. In the Marines, he was one of the best players in the service, but he was no match for the best
player in the service—the VERY straight-hitting Orville Moody. Lee was always bothered by a hook, and as much as he tried for so-called 'conventional' mechanics, they did nothing to stop his hook. So, he went in search of the game's premier FADER of the ball—as the well as the very best ball-striker, maybe of all-time—Ben Hogan.
Lee snuck into the grounds near the "little 9" at Shady Oaks Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, where Mr. Hogan practiced. It was there that Trevino became convinced
that Hogan controlled shots with his BODY, and he would have to learn to fade the ball with that in mind.
Trevino learned that if he aimed way left, took it back as out and up as possible, and what he called "moved on the ball," he could hit a nice little push-fade.
This 'move on the ball" was nothing more than what The Golfing Machine calls "hip slide" or AXIS TILT. Trevino's key thought in making this move was to get his right watch-pocket—near his right hip bone—PAST THE BALL prior to impact. This big move allowed Trevino to get his hands to the ball and, like I like to say, "HIT THE BOX."
If you have enough forward lean at impact—and this can really only be done with an arched left wrist—you will have enough of an OPEN FACE at impact AND separation to hit the ball left-to-right.
Interestingly, Trevino employed the "Doyle-Manzella Style" full roll with a flat left wrist.
Many in Golfing Machine circles, including Chuck Evans and Ted Fort, think this "over roll" will HAVE TO cause hooks. But, at the "Three G.O.L.F. Guys and You" golf school held a few weeks ago, I showed—to Ted Fort's amazement—how to hit Trevino-like fades with the so-called over roll.
Ted is an excellent ball-striker as a hitter with angled hinge action, and he formerly was a hooker with a type of full roll that was obviosly missing a KEY piece of the Trevino-Manzella puzzle:
ENOUGH forward lean and ENOUGH Axis-Tilt to have an OPEN ENOUGH clubface...
The REAL TRICK to Lee Buck Trevino's success!