Two Major Components at Impact

Scott Sackett
Director of Instruction
McCormick Ranch Golf Club
Scottsdale, AZ

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To get a better understanding of the golf swing it is very important that you understand what causes what. It is really what makes Tour players great. They have a crystal clear picture of what this tip is all about. A). Club face B). Path

If you’re in the process of taking golf lessons and you’re currently slicing the ball, I have some news that you might find interesting. The slice at impact is an open club face. Most of us try to correct that shot subconsciously by swinging over the top or out to in through impact.  If you’re interested in changing the path of your golf swing through impact, you must fix the club face first. In simple term, the path to a large degree is a by-product of the club face…PERIOD.

The club face is controlled by two factors:  A). Position of your hands on the club at address. B). The tension in your hands while gripping the club at address. 

The position of your hands at address can be in one of three positions. 1). Weak grip (Picture #1). Neutral grip (Picture #2).  3). Strong grip (Picture #3).

Remember when we talk weak, neutral and strong with the grip those are just golf terms, they do not have anything to do with strength. When your hands are in a weak position the V’s of your hands are pointing toward your chin, Picture #1. If the grip is neutral the V’s are pointing at your right ear, Picture #2, and if the grip is strong the V’s are pointing at your right shoulder, Picture #3.

Remember the stronger we grip the club the more it allows for the face to rotate through impact. If were looking to hit that perfect draw, the club face at impact is slightly closed to the path. That seems to be everyone’s dream shot. Because of the lack of our understanding of the club face and its function, most of us never reach that stage in our golf swing. Approximately 85% of all golfers slice the ball.

If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions then your game is probably in need of some help: 1). If I’m slicing the ball then I just take my top hand and turn it more to the left?  2). If I slice the ball then I align my body right of the target? 3). If I hook the ball then I just align myself more to the left of the target?

If you need a lesson on one of these three things, Scott will give you an introductory summer special. Email him and he will give you the rate.

Scott Sackett, GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher since 1999, just voted as one of Golf Digest’s Best Teacher in the State for the fifth year in a row. Also, Director of Instruction at Park Meadows Country Club in Park City, Utah and while in Scottsdale teaches at McCormick Ranch Golf Club. If you would like reach Scott, contact him through his website at