I’m forever getting asked questions about where people’s swings should be at certain parts of the golf swing. It is important to realise that as we are all different shapes and sizes ultimately there is no ideal swing as you can see below with Dustin Johnson, Shane Lowry and Jim Furyks swings.
What we should all be looking for is improved impact conditions. If you can improve impact the swing will fall into shape. So what exactly should you be looking for during impact to improve your golf? Here’s my three keys to improving your golf.
- Strike Point
- Low Point
- Face to Path
Strike Point – where on the club face the ball makes contact at impact. Top touring professionals are able to hit different parts of the club face (wood or iron) on demand. Most amateurs have very little control over strike point…the higher the handicap the wider the spread of strikes on the club face. Being more aware of where on the club face you are making contact with the ball at impact will lead to better golf, improved consistency and more distance.
Low Point – the lowest point of the club head during the swing. Obviously we want the low point when hitting an iron to be after contact with the ball. Top touring pro’s will rarely hit the ground prior to the ball and if they do it will be minimal however the higher the handicap gets the further behind the ball a players low point can be. This will cause the thins and fats that I so regularly hear about in the Professional Shop. Working on low Point can help towards quality of strike and more consistent distance control.
Face to Path – this is the relationship between the club face angle and the direction the club head is travelling in relation to the target through impact. Top touring pro’s manage this relationship extremely well thus the reason they are so accurate. Working on the face to path relationshipship will help towards better accuracy and more consistent distance control. If you swing the club head left of the target, getting the club face pointing closer to the path than the target will result in a ball that finishes nearer the target (all things being equal). The smaller the face to path relationship the less curve you will witness (presuming a centred strike)
These three keys to better golf will be training zones during my Supervised Practice sessions at Deeside Golf Club throughout November and February. To sign yourself onto one of these practice sessions please contact me in the Professional Shop.