Friday, July 31, 2009
Tips From The Tour, 2009
The best players in the world aren’t just fun to watch. There’s a lot to learn about their swings that you can incorporate into your game.
Labels: Full Swing
We chose a few Tour professionals to spotlight (you can learn something from literally everyone on the PGA Tour), and with the help of some of our popular instructors, we put together a few simple, easy-to-digest elements of their swings that you should incorporate into your golf game. And while no two players swing exactly the same (yes, even Adam Scott and Tiger Woods have differences), one thing holds true: Every one of these featured Tour pros can teach you something about becoming a better player. With the help of Rick Sessinghaus, PGA, as our model, get ready to turn your swing into one that’s Tour-worthy. Read on!
STACK YOUR IMPACT POSITION TO THE LEFT
Take a look at Boo Weekley and Vijay Singh at impact. I can’t help but admire how well both pros compress the ball against the clubface and then hit the ground with their iron shots. They’re rock-solid at impact and stacked over their left side.
Another key component to a solid impact position is the positioning of the body. Check out the spine, and note how it tilts away from the target. That helps them stay behind the ball. At the same time, at least 75 percent of their weight hovers over their left leg. This weight shift is vital in order to release the golf club at impact effectively.
Finally, look at the back of the left hand on both players. The glove logo is facing the target. This ensures a square clubface and a straight shot.
—John Stahlschmidt, PGA
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