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Question

Bobby has received a lot of questions from golfers who seem to make a perfect swing without the ball, but somehow lose focus when they introduce the ball.

Impact Zone Golf Students
November 22, 2016

Bobby’s Answer

Everyone has a ball bound factor. I have a ball bound factor of a few inches myself- the key to overcoming it is focusing on the MOTION of your swing. I explain in today’s video.

Comments

  1. this may be off subject but it’s something that has bothered me since hearing if from you in a video.
    You talked about the “workhorse” part of the swing. I’m thinking it’s the hipturn on downswing.
    Can you just verify this to me, many thanks.

  2. I don’t “aim” at anything. That’s taken care of at setup. During the swing, if I relax and think, or feel, the motion of the clubhead as it passes through the ball, it works. If there is something unusual about the lie or the shot, and I think of that instead, is when I’ll “chop” at it, and hit fat.

  3. Bobby –

    I live in Chicago and in recent years I have started to hit balls indoors more regularly during the winter season. However, I have noticed that in the spring, when I move outdoors I have trouble taking a proper divot for the first couple of months of the season. Any advice for us northern golfers on how to maintain proper impact fundamentals when practicing indoors?

  4. I am convinced being “ball bound” is one of my biggest issues. I kind of proved it to myself last weekend when I went 11 over par on my first 9 holes on my local executive course, mostly because of poor iron shots and chipping. I went to the 10th tee realizing how far behind my swing bottom had become and really just concentrated on a point in front of the golf ball. I finished the 2nd 9 holes 4 over par. My biggest concern is my consistency in my setup because I feel it brings into play the ball bound problem. Thanks for your video on this important feature of the golf swing. Don’t look at the ball before you swing, focus on a point in front of the ball!

  5. Bobby: I am from San Francisco. I got married in April, 1994 and on my honeymoon I played
    Cypress and took a lesson from Ben Doyle. Trying to turn leakage into leverage. I then got
    caught up in style: Gravity golf, Haney, Ledbetter A swing and the higher scores. About two weeks ago I reasoned if you cannot create a flat left wrist and a bent right wrist on a chip and then a pitch I will never break 80 again. I was excited, I hit the impact bag and I have begun to create lag. You are special to me because you are continuing Ben’s legacy. I have also a great workbook by Paul Bertholy who was a similar teacher to Ben. respected by all and a friend of Moe Norman. He wrote a poem about What is Happiness. One line is golf
    Is intoxication without the hangover. I still go to Quial Lodge and would love to meet you.
    Wishing you great success. NIck Ames 415-250-4709

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