The Basic Steps to Perfect Golf
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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 that:-

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 golf swing.)

4) The arms/hands are have passed the body.

5) The upper body unit remain tightly held together as a very compact unit.



6)
Thehave 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 leg,

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 impact position.
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.

 

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