Creating That Bulged Left Wrist At Impact

Creating That Bulged Left Wrist At Impact

We had a workshop lesson this past Saturday at Patterson and the topic was the impact position.

We have some serious weaknesses there. This topic is NOT given enough emphasis.  Think about it, if you can’t get to the proper impact position what’s the use working on your swing plane and all kinds of other stuff.

This picture to the left is right out of Ben Hogan’s book which is still very relevant today.  I put together a short video to help you better see the difference between scooping which ads loft to the golf club, effects your distance, ball contact on the bottom edge of the golf club and the lack of the good feeling at impact and the bulged wrist effect Hogan talks about.

Here’s what Hogan said in his book.  He put it in CAPS so I will as well.  AT IMPACT THE BACK OF THE LEFT HAND FACES TOWARD YOUR TARGET, THE WRIST BONE IS DEFINITELY RAISED, IT POINTS TO THE TARGET AND AT THE MOMENT THE BALL IS CONTACTED IT IS OUT IN FRONT, NEARER TO THE TARGET THAN ANY PART OF THE HAND.

I put together a video to help you with this.  I will be filming a drill at Pendleton on Monday if it’s not raining so visit your Member’s Only Section often for new features.  Please take a moment to watch the short video I just made on this subject.

Make Sure You Stay BEHIND The Golf Ball!

Make Sure You Stay BEHIND The Golf Ball!

I was listening to an interview of one of the batters for the Boston Red Socks.  Forgot his name already but he’s leading the league in batting right now.  What was interesting was that he was crediting his success to the fact that he was staying behind the ball.  Hey Lopez……that’s baseball!  Same thing partner…guaranteed!

You need to get behind the golf ball.  Get your weight on your back leg at the top of the back swing and then rotate from there.  No stepping into the pitch or driving your weight to your front leg.

Over Active Hands Can Create A Snap Hook

Over Active Hands Can Create A Snap Hook

The end result is a snap hook. Let’s work from there back. Hands are over active and violently release, or turn over, the golf club at impact. Well, what caused it? It most all cases it is the sliding of the body laterally on the down swing that causes your “need” to violently roll the hands or risk leaving the ball bailed out to the right.

I produced a video below that will explain this even further.

How do you alleviate such a result? First, you need to make sure you are behind the ball at the top of your back swing. The video will show this. Then you need to begin turning to the golf ball rather than sliding. The need to “transfer your weight” to your front foot is grossly over emphasized.

Clear your hips and extend your arms through impact. Here’s a good drill you can try.
Clyde’s Feet Together Stretch DrillGet rid of the flips and the hip slide all in one.

You Have To Be Careful NOT To Roll The Golf Club Open!

You Have To Be Careful
NOT To Roll The Golf Club Open!

If you look how a golf club is designed, it is the design itself that makes it difficult to play this silly game. Look at a tennis racket. The axis is in the center! There is as much racket surface above the axis as below it. That makes it a lot easier to square the racket up at impact and it helps for rotating the racket to impart top spin on the ball.

Not so with a golf club. The axis or shaft is on the bottom. Not only that, many of the golf club manufactures have chose to put more weight out on the toe of the golf club which I believe is a mistake. The first time I tool a look at Johnny Miller’s clubs, he had lead tape wrapped around the hosel, (neck) of his golf clubs! More weight in the neck and the golf club can turn over easier.

What I see a lot of is golfers rolling their club face pen on the take-a-way making it even more difficult for one to roll the golf club back to square at impact. Now, you begin to see golf clubs out there called, “draw bias” and such. Hello! What do they do, put more weight in the heel of the golf club. That’s nothing new!

Take a look at this video I did on the take-a-way of Bubba Watson. I did it in right handed as well as left handed. See if this helps you get rid of that nasty slice or light weak fade.

The Target is the Ball and the Center of Gravity of the Golf Club.

The Target is the Ball and the
Center of Gravity of the Golf Club.

Many golfers make the mistake of thinking the target is the flag stick. You aim at and align yourself in the direction you wish the ball to start it’s flight path on. If you’re playing a fade you might be aimed and aligned left of the target, (right handers).

Once you get ready to swing the golf club forget your destination and concentrate on your “centeredness of hit”. You have to make contact with the ball at the “center of gravity” of the golf club which in most cases is slightly inside of center on the club face. Golf clubs are different in design so you need to find out where the center of gravity is in your golf club.

I suggest using “face impact tape” so yo know exactly where you are making contact with the ball. You can buy impact tape at www.longshotgolf.com and should use some when you practice.

When Do I Start Rolling My Hands?

When Do I Start Rolling My Hands?

First off you actually should be rolling your forearms. Using your hands or wrists cold promote more of a “flip” rather than a solid roll. “Flipping” will also add loft to your golf club causing you to hit the ball higher and shorter.

The back of your left wrist, (for right handers) needs to be bulged slightly in order to create that solid feel at impact. The bulging will also help you reduce the club face loft adding distance and a lower more boring ball flight.

Here’s how to get it done. First off let’s consider impact at 12 o’clock. Hold the golf club in only your left hand, (again for right handers) and swing a very short back swing let’s say to about two o’clock. Then while swinging the golf club back to impact begin “rolling” your left forearm BEFORE you get to impact. You should finish at about ten o’clock with your left palm facing upward.

I would do this drill with just your left hand a lot before attempting to add the right hand. Once you do add the right hand you should see the back of your right hand when finishing at the ten o’clock position.

I can show you a good drill for this by clicking here

Keep Your Knees Flexed To Swing Down and Out.

Keep Your Knees Flexed To Swing Down and Out.

There’s a golf web site out there called Hit Down Damn it! Funny title but they don’t give you the whole story. Bottom line is you need to compress the golf ball against the ground.

To compress the golf ball better you need to have what tour players call today “shaft lean” which is produced when the hands are in front of the club head at or just before impact. Not only does this position compress the golf ball but it also reduces loft on the golf club so you increase distance. Now, one much overlooked factor is the knees. I see a lot o golfers that “jump”at impact. They lift up thinking they will lift the golf ball up. Jumping sometimes comes from the knees straightening up at impact. The result of jumping is you catch the ball on the up swing and on the bottom part of the club face, (catch it thin).

Try and keep your knees flexed well through impact and swing out between first and second base, (for right handers). Don’t forget to start rotating your forearms well BEFORE you reach impact!

You can try some face impact tape on the front of your club face and if it shows that your impact is on the bottom edge of the golf club you’re probably jumping or flipping your hands at impact. If you don’t have any impact tape just come on out to Patterson and I’ll give you some to test your swing free.

You can find me at www.bobbylopezgolf.com

Here’s a video with a drill on developing shaft lean. By the way…I’ve lost 27 pounds since this video was taken. I’ll tell you how I did it. My wife yelled at me, “STOP EATING YOU FAT BAS____! It worked!

How To Find the Center of Gravity On Your Golf Club

How To Find the Center of Gravity On Your Golf Club

There IS a technique for finding the center of gravity on your club face. Finding the center of gravity is crucial to your success and CONSISTENCY! I would rather swing the golf club 85 miles per hour and hit the center of gravity than swing 95 miles an hour out on the toe of the golf club.

The purpose of any iron shot is to hit the ball straight. We must also move the ball a specific distance. What good does it do to swing perfectly, (as far a club head speed is concerned) for a five iron shot to travel let’s say 180 yards, and then hit the ball on the toe or the heel and only travel 165 yards. Same goes for the driver. Hitting the ball right on the center of gravity of your driver will not only add distance but also accuracy putting you in position to attack the green with an aggressive approach from a good lie in the fairway.

Today there are computers and strobe lights that are used to find the center of gravity on any golf club. Some of these studies are done by independent companies, (yea right). You also might not be able to count on the information the manufacturer gives you about where the center of gravity is on their golf club. In fact, changing the grip or bending the lie angle can change the center of gravity and balance point of the golf club. As cookie cutter as the manufacturers try to make their golf clubs today, there still can be a discrepancy from club to club within a set.

Here’s my method, (it might seem like Cuban engineering and it is, but it has worked for touring pros for many years and still works today). Hold the club face up close to your ear and bounce a golf ball off the face. Bounce it all around the club face. You’ll notice a different sound and a different bounce off different positions on the face of the golf club. Of course we haven’t mentioned that hitting the ball off the center of gravity also creates additional torque that will open or close the club face and send your shots off line.

Continue to bounce the ball until you find one spot that seems to sound the best and you get a better bounce off the face of the club and the club face doesn’t wiggle as much, (torque) in your hand. On most golf clubs, the center of gravity will not be the exact center of the club face. It should be slightly inside of center.

Once you find what you think is the center of gravity put some face tape on your club face. You can buy some at most golf stores or go on line to a company called Longshot and buy it by the roll. If you’re serious about your golf game you should be checking yourself for centeredness of hit constantly so you will use up the roll faster than you think.

The driver is especially crucial. Don’t fall for the gag the golf club companies tell you about having a bigger sweet spot. Bravo Sierra! Center of gravity is center of gravity! You may need to set up your driver at address with the ball appearing to be a little inside of center to get your eye used to hitting the ball where you’re suppose to. Most golfers don’t realize that they hit the ball out on the toe with their driver.

My suggestion is to get some face tape, find the center of gravity, hit balls until you can get your contact as close to the center of gravity as you can. If you find you’re hitting on the toe try choking up on the golf club. If that doesn’t work try taking a shorter swing. You may be surprised at how far you hit it with a smaller swing and you’ll be more consistent. If you’re still hitting on the toe you might be swinging over the top and have your club face open. If you’re hitting the heel constantly you might be swinging too shallow or too inside out. Or you could be rolling the golf club open on the takeaway.

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