The Perfect Impact Station is uniquely designed and critical for training each golfer where the club head and shaft should be at the most important point in the swing, “Impact.” Often referred to as the moment of truth, being able to consistently return the club face back to the ball square and on path is what it is all about.
Because the downswing only takes ¼ of a second, it is sometimes very hard to feel this very important position. The difference between the address position and impact is that the hands are more forward, the hips are more open and more weight is on the front leg. This forward lean to the shaft encourages greater compression on the ball which leads to more distance and accuracy. The Impact Station, will by repetition, help to foster a feel and familiarity with this all important position.
HOW TO USE IT
The Pro Impact Station, because of its many adjustments, can be a bit tricky but with a little bit of practice, setting it up becomes very easy. With the golfer in the address position, (initially it is recommended that a 6, 7 or 8 iron is used) adjust the club face plate to match up to the club face. Make sure to adjust it flat to the face so that the plate does not come into contact with the hosel.
Note: In this original set up position, the club head and the face plate should both be right on the ball position line. With those adjustments locked down have the golfer move into a correct impact position with the hands forward and the club face flush to the plate. Depending upon teaching philosophy and preference the shaft may stay in the same plane at address or be slightly higher.
Next adjust the shaft plate to match exactly the lean of the shaft with the golfer in the impact position. In any case the shaft plate must be adjusted so that it is angled so the shaft fits flush into the groove from the top to the bottom. The shaft at address does not match the slot on the shaft plane. That is quite normal as the shaft rises slightly on the downswing due to centrifugal force. It can sometimes take a little bit of maneuvering to get all adjustments correct.
The sheer repetition of a correct impact position will lead to a greater awareness of what a proper impact position feels like. Based on the type of shot that a player is trying to develop it is important in identifying how open the shoulders should be at impact. Regardless of shot shape I recommend that the shoulders be more closed than the hips. For a draw square to slightly open shoulders are recommended and with a fade the shoulders be a bit more open. Sequencing and attaining this position correctly with the hips and shoulders can actually help a golfer to increase their flexibility. *Note: Very important that as the golfer holds this position that they put very little if any pressure against the face and shaft plate. The impact station should not become a crutch to press into but merely a feedback mechanism to assure the correct timing and position at the impact point.
Once you have set up the Impact Station to the proper position for you, you can now start your practice. Set up to the station and at ¼ speed make a full swing returning the club to the proper impact position. Rehearse this move approximately a dozen times and then step away from the station and hit several balls. Continue repeating the process as long as you want. The correct impact position will start to become more and more of a natural feel to you.