Hit solid golf shots like a pro
Do you regularly hit your golf shots right off the toe that go nowhere with very little power? Maybe you hit the ground first first and the ball comes off fat and barely makes it half way to your intended target? If this sounds like you then you’re probably making one simple mistake that’s stopping you hitting solid golf shots and robbing you of timing, power and consistency you need to become a better golfer.
The good news this can easily be fixed just by understanding what you are doing wrong and applying a simple drill.
I used the great instruction at the Perfect Impact System to further improve my impact position to product solid golf shots.
Give it a try and see for yourself the great results you can achieve.
Believe it or not the most common reason golfers don't hit solid golf shots is because they lose their posture on the downswing. Now don’t get me wrong there are many other factors that influence a poor golf shot such as grip, stance, alignment, takeaway, backswing etc. But when a golfer loses their posture in the downswing no amount of perfect grip or stance for example will save their golf swing. The position you set up with (assuming it’s correct) should be close to what you look like at the point of contact.
In particular your spine angle and butt position should be maintained right through to the impact position.
There is a slight change in the hand and leg position as you enter the hitting zone, but the spine angle and butt position should be much the same.
Most golfers maintain their posture pretty good from the start of the golf swing to the top.
However, it’s on the way down that invariably it all goes wrong!
Golfers have a tendency to straighten their right leg and move their butt closer to the ball and lift up closer to the hitting zone.
This is one of the most common faults in golfers that struggle with making consistent contact and hitting solid golf shots.
WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW WHERE I DEMONSTRATE A GREAT DRILL TO KEEP YOUR POSTURE AND HIT SOLID GOLF SHOTS:
What happens when your posture isn’t maintained?
If you don’t maintain your posture from start to finish, the only way to make solid contact with the golf ball is to make a series of adjustments or compensations with your shoulders, arms and hands to hit the golf ball.
This can work to a point but only so far. I’ve personally played great rounds of golf without maintaining a consistent posture from start to finish.
However, invariably the next round I played it all fell apart. This is especially the case when playing tough golf shots or when the pressure is on.
In the long run it’s extremely difficult to keep playing consistent golf from tee to green by making compensations and adjustments in your golf swing.
You are much better off maintaining a solid posture in the backswing and downswing which will ensure better timing on a more consistent basis.
How to fix
I found a great drill that you can use either at home or on the golf driving range that can help you maintain a better posture throughout the golf swing.
All you need is a chair, alignment stick or even a golf club. I personally prefer using a chair at the golf driving range as it feels more comfortable.
Place the chair (alignment stick / club) behind you and take your normal stance with a golf club.
You should feel the chair just touching your butt as you take your set up position (see picture top).
Take a normal backswing and try and keep your butt just touching the chair from the top of the backswing to the impact zone.
As you pass the impact zone it will naturally just come off the chair but not my much.
If you can keep your butt touching the chair during the backswing and downswing you are maintaining your posture in the golf swing.
When you do this you are in a great position to hit solid golf shots nearly every time.
Warning: This will feel very awkward at first and you’ll find it difficult to keep your butt touching the chair throughout the golf swing.
Where to now
But persist with it and gradually you’ll find it easier and easier to maintain this position.
You can even practice this against a wall at home without a golf club and get the same sort of feeling in your golf swing.
The important thing is to maintain that posture from start to finish.
Give it a try and I’ll guarantee your ball striking will improve, you'll get more distance and start hitting solid golf shots nearly every time.
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