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
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
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.
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
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.