If you look at all the great players on the PGA Tour, you’ll notice that no two players swing the golf club the same way. From Bubba Watson to Jim Furyk to Adam Scott, there are plenty of ways to move the golf ball. Despite these differences, every player looks very similar at the impact position.

It doesn’t matter how you get there. Just get there.

All of the best players possess the following conditions at the impact position

  • shaft leaning forward
  • hands ahead of the golf ball
  • hips open
  • weight on their front side

While it may look easy, you don’t want to cheat your way into the ideal impact position.

Don’t fake it, actually make it.

All too often amateurs look at the list of conditions above, and think they can accomplish a great impact position by hitting down on the ball. The descending blow is important, but getting too steep isn’t going to help your golf game either. You may end up swinging “out-to-in” resulting in a slice.

“Hitting down on the ball” is an oversimplification. It causes many players to hit shots fat, taking turf before hitting the ball.

We need to combine a descending blow with a shallower angle of attack.

Angle of Attack at the Impact Position

Angle of Attack is simply the angle at which your club head impacts the golf ball. To create a negative angle of attack, you need your club head moving downward and shaft leaning forward. Leaning the club forward reduces the amount of loft presented to the ball. This is what we mean when we say we need to “deloft” the club.

To achieve the ideal impact position, you’ll need to deloft your club while sweeping it through the impact zone.

As Andrew Rice from Revolution Golf explains in this video, delofting requires that your handle is ahead of your club head at impact. Sweeping means your club head is traveling along the ground for about a foot while making contact in the middle.

A drill to increase compression

Andrew Rice presents a great drill to practice your impact position.

You’ll want to do the following:

  1. Grab your 7-iron and tee up a ball on the practice tee.
  2. Get into your normal setup position.
  3. Prior to your takeaway, push your hands forward and prime yourself for the impact position.
  4. Make an abbreviated swing (about 1/2 to 3/4) and sweep your club across the impact zone.

You’ll want to make a smooth swing, taking no divot but brushing the top of the grass. If you’re hitting the shot correctly, you’ll notice that your ball flight is lower and you’ll feel the golf ball compress against the clubface.

Eye opener: the role of the right leg and left knee

Recently I have become more aware of the role of the right leg and the function of the left knee in the downswing (for a right-handed player). It was a real eye opener for me and I’m sure it can help you too. In my next article I’ll explain this in detail.