Getting in bags of practice

31-01-2015 Picture Roberto Cavieres. David Pirie golf column pictures. World of Golf,2700 Great Western Road, Clydebank
31-01-2015 Picture Roberto Cavieres. David Pirie golf column pictures. World of Golf,2700 Great Western Road, Clydebank

Legendary golf coach John Jacobs once said the sole purpose of the golf swing is to create a good impact position and that the method employed is of no consequence as long as it can be repeated.

In the modern era Andrew Rice has written a new book called, It’s All About Impact which examines the different ways of hitting the ball.

31-01-2015 Picture Roberto Cavieres. David Pirie golf column pictures. World of Golf,2700 Great Western Road, Clydebank

31-01-2015 Picture Roberto Cavieres. David Pirie golf column pictures. World of Golf,2700 Great Western Road, Clydebank

So how do we go about creating a good impact position? Well take a look at the first picture and I will explain. As you will see I have placed one of our impact bags on the ground, then simply holding my seven iron against the bag I am creating an isometric sensation of how the left arm/club should feel at this point.

Some players wrongly believe that the address position should mirror the impact position. This is not so, as impact should always feel different as the body opens up to the target. Now have a glance at the second picture. This time I am at the point of impact where the following should be noted. My left arm/clubshaft are in a nice straight line and my left hip has correctly started to clear out of the way, with my right shoe just beginning to climb up off the ground.

My shoulders are also starting to unwind, especially the left one as it rises and clears nicely out of the way into the followthrough position.

It is worth mentioning that my club face is absolutely square/flush against the impact bag. Most slicers tend to dig in the heel end - whereas hookers are prone to digging in the toe end. Striking this bag creates the correct feeling of a good strong impact and should be practiced regularly to change the muscle memory.

So there we are, the most important aspect of the entire swing to get right. If you have a great swing and a poor impact position you will always struggle to play good golf. If however you have an average swing with a good impact position, you will certainly play better. Good luck as always. Next week: Chicken wing cure.

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