Right Arm Motion Through Impact:
This is just a look at “feel and real.” I believe our right arm goes a long way to bring consistency to our shot pattern or give us ZERO chance of ever controlling a golf ball.
Subtle things like aim or the way we grip the club contribute to the way we believe we must move the club through the ball.
Also, we might just not be aware of the correct motion. Watch this video and pay special attention to the shaft on my right wrist. Notice how it travels around my body along with my right elbow.
Release- High or Low Ball Flight:
Does the flight of your golf ball reflect the true loft of the club or is the loft dictated by where you catch the ball within the continual rotation of the clubface. If you aim right, you are surely de-lofting the club to try and turn the clubface toward the target. This timing move will mean you are short right, hole high and long left of the target.
Learn to bring energy to the club without affecting the face, the loft or the direction the face points. Seem hard? At first it might, but when you see that keeping your right arm either under or behind the club shaft will support the loft and square clubface, a whole new understanding of ball striking comes about.
Try not to adopt mechanics that forces you to break the trust in JUST SWINGING THE CLUB.
Give no thought to closing the clubface. Try to swing a square clubface and keep the handle swinging in time with your body. That thought will bring about some control within your game.
Hitting From The Inside:
What is your understanding of hitting from the inside? This can refer to the clubhead approaching impact from inside the target line. The arc of our swing should show us that the path of our hands is the same as the path of the clubhead. The hands ALWAYS go someplace before the clubhead. We never stop the handle, so that the clubhead only can advance.
You can see the inside approach to the ball from our left arm. The phrase “over the top” speaks to the left arm coming to the ball from well outside the target line. Our left arm should work with our right arm and body to help supply the perfect hand path.
Keeping our right arm and wrist bent, from the top of our backswing to impact, is the formula that almost guarantees the correct approach from the club to the ball. This will set the stage for a beautiful, stable release.
I mentioned that our position at the top of our backswing should be our impact position. I just believe that the earlier we get ready for impact, the easier it is to strike solid golf shots and handle pressure.
Feeling The Balance Beam:
Balance is imperative to controlling the path of the clubhead. As your weight moves from heel to toe, expect the ball to move from heel to toe of the clubface. There is a direct correlation.
Your hands moving in a controlled circle around our body gives us that effortless power we all have felt before.
Every time we adopt a posture, there will be a counter movement in our body that allows us to maintain a balance point and live in the sweat spot of the club.
Owning The Exit Window: Controlling The Path:
We are best able to control impact when it happens directly under our chest. Trying to strike something that is behind us, or too far in front of us, is an uncomfortable task. Putting something directly below us gives us a focus and feeling of confidence.
To strike shots from the ground, where a consistent descending blow is vital, we must use a pressure point. Our weight will be just left of the ball at impact. Either you shift it there or just begin with your weight there (like short game shots.) But the club will generally bottom out where your weight is, so create a pressure point that is just after the ball, where the divot begins.
We even have a chance to save a mis-timed swing if the hit is happening under us.
Keep the distance the same between your left knee and your left shoulder to begin your swing and through impact. This image will give you the feeling of “staying on the ball,” which is a swing key tour pros have used for many years. They all have their own interpretation of what that means, but the feeling of being over the top of the ball gives us control that we must have.
Exit Left To Block The Flip:
An advanced understanding of the handle, and its role through impact, can be a safety net. If the handle never collapses, where the clubhead rolls over or moves the opposite direction, then we can expect a very stable clubface.
Even if a tour pro “flips” the club, it still stays on the correct line along their body.
Try to keep the handle pointed at us and the same distance from us throughout impact.
Release- What The Best Players Know-
Our palm is the clubface and our fingers the grooves. Our right arm is the shaft.
Your grip will determine what YOUR feeling is for the release. This feeling will evolve as your swing gets better. Your grip will get more neutral as you rely on your body to support the swinging action.
Drill work is essential. Learn the drills that will bring about the best feel in your swing and eliminate the flaws that keep you from realizing consistent improvement.
What Are Your Goals For Impact?- What do you want to see your ball do? This is a result of your mechanics and your swing.
Begin your swing with a full movement of your pelvis, that moves your weight along your spine.
When you sit into your downswing, feel the left side of your pelvis move up and back along our spine in the same way we did on the backswing. Be careful not to stall in a lateral move along the target line, in an attempt to steer the shot toward the target.
We cannot ask something of our shoulders without realizing the role of our hips or pelvis. Each region is a rotational force above and below our spine. See them as a group movement and your swing will immediately gain a better flow and sequence.
Using The Exit Window- If you bring the club to the ball from the same EXACT PATH, you then know what it will take to make any shot.
If you can use your body to create the most efficient path, then the clubface is the variable to create a turn (draw or fade) in the ball. But it is the same swing and same hand path.
Use the same shallow release whether drawing or fading the ball.
Asking for these things will create strength in your swing and the confidence to play all shots whenever they are needed.
After these videos I want you to digest the illustration of correct hand path. Trust the handle and you can forget the clubhead.
THE TWO TRAPS
SHALLOWING THE SHAFT- LONG AND SHORT SHOTS
KEEP THE HANDLE AND RIGHT ELBOW AHEAD OF THE CLUBHEAD. THE ANTI- FLIP MOVE
Michael Wolf, Certified Master Teaching Professional, has been playing golf for 46 years and teaching professionally for over 34 years. He has given over 30,000 golf lessons. Author of The Driven Golfer: Building Your Method For Scratch Golf. Harvey Penick Award Winner- 2016 (Top Instructor U.S./World Golf Teachers Federation)