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This is a version of a drill that I have presented many times, but each time I use it, it impresses upon me the importance of a proper strike on the golf ball. In using Trackman I have come to learn that the correct attack angle (an upward or downward hit) with an iron should be anywhere between 2 and 5 degrees down. If you have ever topped shots or alternated between thin and heavy strikes, you are more than likely getting scoopy through impact and this drill is right up your alley.
This drill will get you to do the following through impact:
- Get the weight shifted onto the front foot
- Lead the hands ahead of the clubhead
- Hit down on the ball
- Take divots in the right place – after the ball!
All you need is a small piece of one of those swim noodles that all the kids like to use in the pool. Secure the strip of noodle into the ground by pressing tees through the center as illustrated. It may take a little experimenting, but eventually you’ll find the appropriate distance to line the balls up from the noodle. Before long you should start to see a consistent line of divots occurring on the target side of the golf ball – a positive sign! If you find yourself hitting a few of the dreaded “hosel rockets” your grip is too weak; Essentially you now need to scoop the face in order to square the clubface through impact. Get it stronger!
Some additional drills to help with impact:
- The Impact “Drag” Drill
- Hip Thrust Drill
- The Towel/Line Drill for Compression
- The Hip Slide and Why it is Important
- Golf’s #1 Impact Exercise
We have all heard the sound of a properly struck golf shot: the ball squeezing off the face and fizzing toward the target with the divot flying and the ball penetrating the air with a seemingly single-minded purpose. This is the sound of compression! This is golf acoustics at it’s finest.
The compression of a golf ball only comes from a well executed, subtle, downward blow on the golf ball. A strike where the face is square and the path is straight. The easiest way to achieve compression is by getting into a great impact position. Here is how:
- Set up with the stance width fairly narrow and the lead eye over the ball. The ball position should favor a little more back than forward.
- Remain fairly centered over the ball in the back swing. Obey the 84 degree secret!
- Drive the weight (hips and thighs) onto the front foot without getting the head forward of where it started. This is what I refer to as body curve!
- Trap the ball by leading with the handle into the hit. The hands must beat the club head to impact. With the weight comfortably favoring the front foot this creates the descending strike on the ball which in turn leads to compression!
Notice the uncanny similarity between Vijay and Tom in the illustrations. While they have each already impacted the ball it does appear that the handle of the club got beyond the ball prior to impact as they both achieve the appropriate amount of body curve.
A recipe for compression!
A great strike on the ball is a necessity when you play a course like the players will face in the 2009 U.S Open at Bethpage Black. The long and punishing test is designed to expose any ball striking flaws that may exist.
Here are a few U.S.Open notes:
Newsday.com has some great up-to-the-minute news and photos – Long Island style!
What does Hank Haney do while watching Tiger hit every single shot of the last two weeks? I think he was in every picture I saw of Tiger.
I find it interesting that there have already been four withdrawals. If my game or body was not in top shape I think I’d stay home too!
I predict a winning score of -5 and I predict someone in a red shirt will win!