Here are a few questions for you to test your golf swing knowledge.
How many can you get right?
1.If you want to hit the ball straight should you keep the clubface square to your target as long as possible?
2.. Should your impact alignment be the same as your address alignment.
3. Should your golf swing be a pushing or a pulling motion?
4. Should you lift the ball of the grass or hit the ball on a downward arc when playing an iron shot?
General guideline and playing a standard shot.
1. WRONG. Your golf swing is on an inclined plane, eg think of a sloping roof, you stand to the side of the ball and your club moves on an arc . So after you strike the ball the club will travel on a path to the left of your target line. Here is a great example.
BEN HOGAN Showing how he has not tried to keep the clubface going down the target line, the club is staying on plane, MOVING INWARDS AND UPWARDS ON AN ARC AFTER IMPACT.
2. ANSWER NO
Most golfers try to get their impact alignments the same as their set up alignment.
How it should look
SET UP IMPACT Lower body has moved to target, hands, arms and clubshaft moved forward, shaft is leaning forwards.
3. ANSWER. A pulling motion, not a pushing motion.
Pulling forces transport the angles created during the backswing, the golf club will align itself and follows the direction of a pulling force.
Pushing forces the club to release the angles created prematurely, this is why most amateurs get back to their set up at impact and lose power and accuracy, they throw they club at the ball.
4. I ask all my beginners this question and around nine out of ten say lift the ball. WRONG Strike the ball on a downward arc for your irons.
So they start their golfing life thinking they must lift the ball into the air, they scoop , they throw the club to try and get the club to lift the ball!
Learn that you need to compress the ball, let the loft of the club get the ball in the air, have a forward leaning shaft at impact, the lowest point of your swing is AFTER the ball with your irons, not before.
So how many did you get right?
David Bown PGA AA Golf Professional
Authorised Golfing Machine Instructor
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