STOP TAKING HUGE DIVOTS AND START HITTING CLEAN SHOTS
You know those shots when it feels like the earth grabs your club before impact and then sends a large patch of turf down the fairway nearly as far as your ball? We’ve all been there at some point, and it’s NOT a good feeling.
Improving contact with backward bend
Chunked or fat shots are often the result of having a “low point,” the vertically lowest point of the swing’s arc, too far behind the ball. What we see with many golfers that chunk their irons is the upper body bends too far forward in the downswing and then stays there during the follow-through. This results in a bending of the arms and steep angle of attack that bottoms out the club’s arc before impact.
Add backward bend in the downswing and follow-through
The best ball strikers start bending the upper body slightly back (away from the target) in the downswing and follow-through, which helps to straighten the arms into impact and shallow the club’s angle of attack. These ideal elements conversely encourage a low point in front of the ball, which leads to the ball-first contact we all strive for.
Give it a try, and you’ll soon start seeing pure golf shots fly down the fairway rather than those frustrating chunks of earth!
By Justin Bentley, PGA Professional
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