Here’s a swing fault that many a golfer between the average score of 75 – 90 seeks to improve on, in order to improve to the next level. You can only get so good with a flipping motion at impact. Why? One, you’re increasing loft on the golf club so you turn your seven iron into a nine iron, thus loosing distance. In addition, your flip is causing the golf club face to be open, causing the ball to fly higher and away from you, (fade).
How do you get rid of such a problem? Well, first take a look of an analysis I did on a young man that has a slide and flip move, that is holding him back from his full potential.
You can get a video analysis of your swing over the internet FREE! You need to know if you are flipping at address and what to do about it.
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We had a workshop lesson this past Saturday at Patterson and the topic was the impact position.
We have some serious weaknesses there. This topic is NOT given enough emphasis. Think about it, if you can’t get to the proper impact position what’s the use working on your swing plane and all kinds of other stuff.
This picture to the left is right out of Ben Hogan’s book which is still very relevant today. I put together a short video to help you better see the difference between scooping which ads loft to the golf club, effects your distance, ball contact on the bottom edge of the golf club and the lack of the good feeling at impact and the bulged wrist effect Hogan talks about.
Here’s what Hogan said in his book. He put it in CAPS so I will as well. AT IMPACT THE BACK OF THE LEFT HAND FACES TOWARD YOUR TARGET, THE WRIST BONE IS DEFINITELY RAISED, IT POINTS TO THE TARGET AND AT THE MOMENT THE BALL IS CONTACTED IT IS OUT IN FRONT, NEARER TO THE TARGET THAN ANY PART OF THE HAND.
I put together a video to help you with this. I will be filming a drill at Pendleton on Monday if it’s not raining so visit your Member’s Only Section often for new features. Please take a moment to watch the short video I just made on this subject.
First off you actually should be rolling your forearms. Using your hands or wrists cold promote more of a “flip” rather than a solid roll. “Flipping” will also add loft to your golf club causing you to hit the ball higher and shorter.
The back of your left wrist, (for right handers) needs to be bulged slightly in order to create that solid feel at impact. The bulging will also help you reduce the club face loft adding distance and a lower more boring ball flight.
Here’s how to get it done. First off let’s consider impact at 12 o’clock. Hold the golf club in only your left hand, (again for right handers) and swing a very short back swing let’s say to about two o’clock. Then while swinging the golf club back to impact begin “rolling” your left forearm BEFORE you get to impact. You should finish at about ten o’clock with your left palm facing upward.
I would do this drill with just your left hand a lot before attempting to add the right hand. Once you do add the right hand you should see the back of your right hand when finishing at the ten o’clock position.
There’s a golf web site out there called Hit Down Damn it! Funny title but they don’t give you the whole story. Bottom line is you need to compress the golf ball against the ground.
To compress the golf ball better you need to have what tour players call today “shaft lean” which is produced when the hands are in front of the club head at or just before impact. Not only does this position compress the golf ball but it also reduces loft on the golf club so you increase distance. Now, one much overlooked factor is the knees. I see a lot o golfers that “jump”at impact. They lift up thinking they will lift the golf ball up. Jumping sometimes comes from the knees straightening up at impact. The result of jumping is you catch the ball on the up swing and on the bottom part of the club face, (catch it thin).
Try and keep your knees flexed well through impact and swing out between first and second base, (for right handers). Don’t forget to start rotating your forearms well BEFORE you reach impact!
You can try some face impact tape on the front of your club face and if it shows that your impact is on the bottom edge of the golf club you’re probably jumping or flipping your hands at impact. If you don’t have any impact tape just come on out to Patterson and I’ll give you some to test your swing free.
Here’s a video with a drill on developing shaft lean. By the way…I’ve lost 27 pounds since this video was taken. I’ll tell you how I did it. My wife yelled at me, “STOP EATING YOU FAT BAS____! It worked!