The Truth About Ball Flight

Why things happen the way they do in the golf swing

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UNDERSTAND WEIGHT VS. PRESSURE
I've heard this one get mixed up a few times. The reality is, how your weight is positioned in the swing is related to, but isn't the same as, how you adjust the pressure in your swing. Think more in terms of applying pressure from one leg to the other as you move through the downswing. This will help you shift your weight in a smoother fashion as opposed to artificially shifting and sliding all over the place.


At the top of my swing, I can feel my weight over my right leg. As I start the downswing move, I apply pressure toward the ball of my left foot.

Here, you can see I'm still thrusting down into the ball of my left foot. It's almost as though I'm trying to stomp a ball under my foot, into the ground.

3 KEYS FOR BETTER IRON PLAY

1. GET TO YOUR LEFT SIDE
Here are two keys to keep you smooth and confident on your pitch shots. First, hitting a solid pitch shot requires soft arms. Feel that the arms are relaxed and remain loose on both the backswing and followthrough. You'll want to match the length of motion on both sides to ensure a smooth motion. Second, have a metronome-like tempo. Keeping your tempo the same back and through will reinforce being smooth through the shot. I use a metronome app on my phone to swing back and forth on the same tempo. It works wonders.


Move over! If you're hanging out behind the ball at this point in the downswing, you're in for some trouble.

This is what you want! Get your weight over to your left side as the arms and hands drop into the hitting zone.


2. HANDLE FORWARD AT IMPACT
A result of getting over to your left side and not trying to flip the hands, it's perfectly acceptable for there to be some forward shaft lean at impact. This doesn't necessarily mean hitting down steeply onto the ball; it means hitting the ball the way the iron is designed to be utilized. The key to having this shaft alignment at impact is a matter of experimenting with what iron ball position produces the optimal shots for you. For most, it will be somewhere center to just ahead of center of your stance.



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