It is all about impact, everything that we do in the golf swing from the grip, stance, alignment, posture, backswing and downswing, is to prepare for the moment of truth, at the point of impact.
Now there is a school of thought that reckons that all of the above doesn’t require to be perfect, but if the impact position is good, then the player will hit consistently good shots. If however all of the above was perfect and the impact position was poor, then the player will rarely hit good shots.
Butch Harmon said recently when asked about Jim Furyk’s swing, ‘he is technically perfect at the point of impact’.
Take a look at the first picture; my guest this week Carol Fell has just reached the moment of truth. So how was it? Very good is the answer. Her left arm is nice and straight with the club face also very square. Her left side is clearing nicely out of the way with her right shoe just beginning to rise up off the turf.
Carol has kept her head very still, as everything begins to line up to the point where the club face is pointing exactly where it was at the start of the swing.
Now have a look at the second picture. This time as you will clearly see her eyes are still looking at the spot where the ball was sitting, yet the ball is already some 50 or so yards away. Note also how the club is correctly beginning to track back around to the inside, with the face just starting to close and point well to the left of her intended target. This naturally good swing path, resulted in Carol playing a shot with just a hint of soft draw as the ball worked back onto the target.
So there we are, make sure that all your basics are correct, then work hard to create a perfect impact position-- when you do, your game will improve very quickly. I suggest that you make it your winter project, then when next season rolls around, you will be ready for what lies ahead. Good luck as always. Next week: Delivery and finish.