Greetings from Suzanne Thursday, 07 July 2011
Finally: Impact (Do You Really Know)?
Understanding the correct position of the club-face through impact can dramatically improve your ability to practice correctly, and so improve your ball striking. This is one of the most crucial points in the golf swing.
Impact Dynamics: Club-Face square, path towards target, club shaft forward with hands forward (leading) through impact, Loading (lagging) the club to
The impact position.
All the above club and club face positions are imperative swing dynamics, which means they are not static points that create your swing ‘style’, rather these are ‘in-motion’ and must be achieved to hit the ball with compression and consistency.
The forward club position and the improvement to your strike can be shown through stats taken in 2005. Here is a snap shot of the divot position with correct club position and angle of attack through impact:
Golfer Divot position after ball
Tour Pro +4″
Hdc 0-9. +1.6″
Hdc 10-19 -1.92″
Hdc 20-32 -4.12″
Due to the importance of these dynamics, I am going to have a class in August to focus on the Five (5) club face and club shaft positions through impact and getting to impact.
Impact Dynamics Class
Starting Monday 1st / Ending Wednesday 31st
Monday or Wednesdays @ 6:00pm
Five Classes on Club Face dynamics.
Fairways & Greens Golf Center
Let’s get this right!
ARE YOU GETTING A GRIP ON YOUR GAME?
There’s been some increased chatter on the fairways and greens lately about grips – but unfortunately it’s all for the wrong reason.
While I can understand how a set of bright / personalized / multi-colored grips might look the part, I’m afraid that for every one of
you I’ve seen out there with a new set, there are at least ten of you playing with grips that are badly fitting, dirty or worn; and that’s
hurting your golf game; it’s as simple as A-B-C.
A truly great golf swing demands an even tempo both on the backswing and the downswing, and to do this your grip pressure must be kept constant throughout. (About a 5 on a scale of 1 – 10). With a dirty or worn grip, a lack of confidence will naturally lead to an increase in pressure (up to an 8 or 9) which will cause a loss of feel and your timing and ball striking will suffer as a result.
But before you rush out and get your new grips fitted just beware – a new or clean grip isn’t always the RIGHT grip. As with many things in life, size really is everything; the grip should allow the two middle fingers of the left hand to just touch the heel portion of the palm – no more, no less.
If they don’t come close to touching, then the grip is too thick and there will be a natural decrease in wrist action, promoting a push. Conversely, too thin a grip will see the two middle fingers digging into the palm of the left hand, resulting in over-active wrists, a twisted clubface at impact, and a pull.
If you aren’t sure if your grips aren’t providing the grip they should, or if you think they’re too large or small, just pop into the shop.
SPIN DIFFERENTIAL? ANOTHER WAY TO CHOOSE
Another way that some of the tour players will make a choice about the golf ball they are playing is by analysing the difference between the spin off a full Wedge shot and the spin off the Driver.
These golfers are looking for the ball that has the biggest difference, offering them what they think is the best compromise between a lower spinning ball off the longer clubs and a shot making, higher spinning ball with the shorter clubs.
The logic behind this thinking process is that the premium golf balls of their chosen manufacturer all offer a softer, more responsive feel irrespective of whether it has distance or spin bias to its design.
They are right. The manufacturers, courtesy of advances in the use of cover, mantle and core materials along with improved aerodynamics have found ways to make sure all of their premium golf balls have a soft feel around the green.
When you buy a premium golf ball that is what you are paying your money for. Performance around the green, performance on approach shots and performance off the Driver and longer Irons delivered with subtle compromise you choose.
Two piece balls are improving but they are still a little more finite about the choice between feel / spin / distance.
To conclude my series on premium golf ball choice I want to draw your attention to an improvement in performance that seems to have gone unheralded. The modern golf ball is much less susceptible to the wind than the balata golf ball ever was. That not only means you can strike the golf ball with much greater distance accuracy, it also means that cross winds have less impact on the direction.
The Drivers grab all the attention but the smallest piece of equipment has undergone the greatest revolution delivering more fun and enjoyment to everyday golfers.
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