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Question

How to Flush it Off the Fairway

July 04, 2018

Bobby’s Answer

I have played in a lot of pro-ams and has noticed how many of my amateur partners really struggle, hitting fat and thin shots when hitting an iron shot off the fairway. Many of my partners do better out of the short rough than off the fairway, the exact opposite from the pros.

Watch as I explain why and give you three quick drills to improve your impact.

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Comments

  1. Bobbie
    I’ve read your book on the Impact Zone and it has been very helpful to me. I am somewhat confused as to the aiming point. What do you direct to the aiming point? Your (i) hands, or (ii) your club head? It seems to me, based on all of your teaching, it should be the hands, focusing on passing the aiming point before releasing the club head (which should occur naturally if you use your hips to unwind). Am I correct or am I missing something here?

    1. Mel,
      Aiming Point is a popular question. I have made some videos on Clampett’s Corner but the best discussion of aiming point is on the Impact Zone Golf Video Training System, available at http://www.getimpactzone.com. I also have written much about it in the Impact Zone book as well. Understanding how to use the aiming point is a great key to moving the swing bottom farther forward.

    1. Tim,
      I get asked this question a lot and the real answer lies in the individual and what they need to do (relating to the aiming point) to create dynamic impact. Some people need to look at an object in front of the ball in order to have success with dynamic #2, the four inch forward swing bottom. Others can have the soft eye approach. I dug up this Clampett’s Corner (on the website) that addresses this issue. https://impactzonegolf.com/question/hands-at-impact/
      To better impact, Bobby

    1. Michael,
      I get asked this question a lot and the real answer lies in the individual and what they need to do (relating to the aiming point) to create dynamic impact. Some people need to look at an object in front of the ball in order to have success with dynamic #2, the four inch forward swing bottom. Others can have the soft eye approach. I dug up this Clampett’s Corner (on the website) that addresses this issue. https://impactzonegolf.com/question/hands-at-impact/
      To better impact, Bobby

  2. Hey Bobby,
    I have a challenge for you. I am 76 years young and used to shoot in the mid to low 80s. One day around 15 years ago I stepped on the course and my mind went blank and I have not been able to break a 100 since ! Mental? Oh yes, but I am unable to crack it. My challenge for you is, to teach me how to come out of that mental constipation and start shooting in the low 80s again. Will you accept the challenge, I sure hope so because I love this game and don’t want to give it up! Thanks Bobby

    1. Neil,
      This issue is not uncommon. Lack of confidence comes from issues occuring at impact that are not diagnosed properly and thus the proper correction is not made, leading to continual bad shots. This starts that terrible chain reaction of lack of confidence, leading to fear and the mental constipation you refer to. The only remedy is to come see me (in Carmel, CA or Naples, Florida) or one of my academy instructors in Naples for a lesson.
      To better impact,
      Bobby

  3. You look 4 inches in front of the ball when hitting your irons. Where is your visual focus when hitting a driver?

    1. Dave,
      This is a popular question and I address all issues concerning the Driver in the Advanced DVD #1, The Driver, available on our website store at http://www.impactzonegolf.com. The key question to consider, which falls against the trend of the industry is, why change your swing for one club in the bag when you don’t have to?
      The other issue is I’m not say to look 4 inches in front of the ball, but rather that your swing bottom should be 4 inches in front of the ball.
      To better impact,
      Bobby

  4. Im having problems of coming up and not finishing my swing, ball is going right or sometimes a bad hook either way no distance , some r saying that it looks like im trying to help it to get up in the air ,really having hard time and cant shift my weight to my front foot , weight always on back foot at impact and no distance at all , handicap is rising , normally i play 9 now im up to 13 .

    1. Paul,
      I’m always amused at “words of wisdom” from most golfers, especially if they have never taken my Advanced Level 1 Instructor Training and are not trained in Impact-Based® teaching. (I actually have had a few non-teachers take the course) https://impactzonegolf.com/instructor-training/ The proper way to diagnose problems with the swing is to assess the dynamics and elements of impact, then work backwards from there and see what in the swing is causing the problem. The way the average golfer diagnoses golf games would be comparable to diagnosing car trouble by starting with the look of the car. You have to open the hood!
      To better impact,
      Bobby
      To better impact,
      Bobby

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