Impact position -
(Changed - 11/03/2013)
Watch this slow motion video
of Adam Scott playing the 3rd hole at Augusta.
Use the controls on the video to stop the video at the precise
moment the club head strikes the ball.
Similarly watch this frontal
view and stop the video at the impact position and note the
position of his body at this point and try to copy it.
(Notice how the momentum of the hips/upper body unit movement
swings the arms/golf club across the body and also swinging inside
the parallel to the target line.)
In both of these videos you will notice how the arms/hands appear
to be ahead of the body at the precise moment the club head strikes
the ball ( in actual fact they are back at the original address
position) and the right shoulder has already begun to rotate under
the chin, but notice that the whole body is turning to face the
target area, whilst the upper body angles have been maintained.
Also notice that the right elbow is tucked into the waist at the
point of impact.
If you run on either of the videos from the point of impact,
you will note that Adam Scott is forcing the right arm into the
fully straightened position whilst the arms are swinging past the
body at speed, but importantly, also forcing the arms/hands to swing
inside the parallel to the target line whilst meanwhile the whole
body in quickly turning to face the target area.
However the key to the success of this movement is to watch
the ball right up to the precise moment the club head strikes the
golf ball - failure to do this will result in the timing of the
strike being out of sync, resulting in a pushed or pulled shot.
Therefore at the precise moment the club head
strikes the ball with a descending blow you must ensure
1) The spine angle remains slightly tilted to the right, with the
right shoulder beginning to rotate under the chin.
2) The elbows
remain as close together as is physically possible, the muscles
of the arms are a very firm condition and the left arm fully extended,
but with the right elbow close
to the waist, but importantly, the shoulders and the
arms remains firmly held together as a very compact unit.
3) The head is in a position so
that the left eye is slightly behind the ball.
( This position must be maintained to the completion of the
4) The arms/hands are have
passed the body.
5) The upper
body unit remain tightly held together as a very compact unit.
6) The hips have turned
approximately 45 degrees towards the target area and are still rotating
towards the target area but have not swayed away from the
original address position.
7) The weight of the body is predominantly over the left
8) Your eyes must be fully focused
on the back edge of the golf ball.
Try to pose in this impact position for a few second before
reversing the whole movement.
This is done by taking the correct impact pose, make a very short
back swing - before returning the whole body back to the correct
Develop this action in stages until you are almost performing a
full back swing movement.
From the precise moment the ball is struck, the momentum of
the rotation of the hips/upper body unit will force the arms/golf
club to swing inside the parallel to the target line and the whole
body quickly turning to fully face the target area.
As you become familiar with the correct swing movement you can
begin to add extra
power by forcing the right arm into the fully straightened position
at the point of impact thus performing the Key
Movement, but that is something to be left for much later.
** To return to the previous
page, click the arrow in the top left hand