We all love it when we're in the zone -- when the stroke
is effortless, instinctive and always on the money. But
the zone is usually a temporary residence, and it's easy for
your stroke to get out of whack for any one of a thousand
reasons -- if not all 1,000 reasons.
Sometimes you have to take your distressed stroke to the
practice room and break it down step by step. BD columnist
David Alciatore, Ph.D. -- known in our online forum as "Dr.
Dave" -- can help with the diagnosis.
On the following pages, we expound on stroke fundamen-
tals catalogued by the doctor to help you identify the steps
you might be missing or stumbling over. At the end is a
checklist you can clip out and take to the practice room,
with a drill for testing your stroke accuracy.
One word of advice: One stroke won't fit all. People
come in all ages, shapes and sizes, and the most effec-
tive stance, grip and practice-stroke routine for your buddy
might not be the best for you or your lady friend. The key
words are "comfort" and "consistency." Find a stable,