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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Body Awareness Drill for Proper Impact Position

I have found it best to sometimes feel correct golf swing positions without the use of a club or the intimidation of the golf ball.  

The following pictures demonstrate early release of the wrists, breakdown of the lead wrist (scooping) and loss of arm structure which causes the dreaded chicken wing.  Any of these positions will cause a variety of poor shots.

The following drill will help alleviate these positions and all you need is a wall, fence or a high back chair.

Set up with your target side of your torso an inch or two from the wall.  Let your arms hang freely and separate your hands a few inches apart.   As you swing your arms to the top of the backswing allow your hips to rotate.  As you swing the arms slowly to impact with the wall you will feel your hips rotating more to the target than your shoulders.  You will have most of your weight on the lead leg and it will be extended slightly.  Your trail foot will be positioned mostly on the tip toe and your trail knee will be close to the lead knee.  As your lead hand makes contact with the wall the lead wrist will be flat the the trail wrist bent.

You may also add a club to enhance the visual just be sure and grip it on the opposite end and swing slowly.  The club and lead wrist will be flat on the wall at impact.

Repeat this drill everyday and you will be ready to take this new feel to the practice tee.  I recommend 
making practice swings between each ball you hit and this will help you engrain the correct impact position.

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