What does 'get open' at impact mean? Why is it important to be open with your hips and chest as you approach impact? Now for the million dollar question - how can I do it? Start by taking a few minutes to watch and listen as I address all of these questions here...
What is it?
- PGA Tour players are on average around 45º open with their hips and around 25º open with their chest at impact
- Some are more and some are less, but all are open to some degree
Why is it important?
- Getting the body rotating through impact allows for the hands to play a more passive role, thus allowing for a quieter clubface through the strike
- Most golfers hit shots off line due to an inability to control the clubface through impact
- All golfers would like to be more predictable with their ball flight and a quieter clubface through the strike will typically lead to improved control
How can I get open?
- Get the clubhead deeper/more behind you as you start the downswing
- Use your wrist angles to maintain control over the clubface and get it in place for a passive ride through impact
- Observe your lead arm position going up and most importantly, coming down, while avoiding anything extreme
The great golfers pictured above have an uncanny knack at controlling the clubface through impact. I'm convinced that getting the hips and the chest more than less open as the club strikes the ball will help you to become a more consistent golfer.
Get to it!