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Question

I have a bent left arm at the top of my backswing and a rearward swing bottom. Could this be why I’m hitting the ball short off the tee?

Stan
September 26, 2019

Bobby’s Answer

It’s a great question. The first thing you have to understand is that bending the arm does nothing to help Dynamic #3, which is ‘Loading the Club’. The bending of the arm is a faulty way of trying to get the club longer or parallel on the backswing. There are three key things that help increase speed and move the swing bottom farther forward and all work together to create distance and accuracy off the tee. Click below to see Bobby explain these 3 key things.

Comments

  1. Coach Clampett, you are the best! Can’t wait to get back to IZG school in Naples. Thanks. Playing much better golf and I like focusing ONLY on the 5 dynamics. Makes perfect sense.

    1. Thank you Bill, We just released the golf school schedule for the upcoming season. Can’t wait to have you back for another school or for some private lessons with me.
      To better impact,
      Bobby

  2. Hi Bobby,

    I’m sure you have addressed this question prior, but I have missed it.

    “Am I correct to conclude that on the tee shots with Driver, that it is the one shot where we want our swing bottom a little behind the ball, so that we hit the ball with a slightly ascending blow?”

    Love watching and reading all you have to share.

    Hope to someday be able to afford to come to one of your schools.

    Thanks so much for all you do for all us out here!!

    1. Thank you Mitch, Though the driver is the least important club in the bag to have the 4 in forward swing bottom, I ask the question, why do you want to change your swing for one club in the bag if you don’t have to? Better to get the driver to fit your swing, than a swing to fit your driver.
      To better impact,
      Bobby

  3. Coach Clampett, you are the best! Can’t wait to get back to IZG school in Naples. Playing much better golf and I like focusing ONLY on the 5 dynamics. Makes perfect sense. Load, Lag and Workhorse! Thanks!

  4. I can’t seem to make contact with the ball from 160 to 170. I either hit behind the ball and it goes 50 to yards or if I make contact it goes left every time. I’ve tried a strong grip and even aimed out to the right more. But it still goes left. I know all shots can’t be straight and that a miss shouldn’t be off that bad. What can I do to correct my bad ball sticks and misses?

    1. Joe,
      You must be so frustrated. Strengthening your grip will only make it worse. We’ve got to fix the 5 Dynamics first. Come see me!
      To better impact,
      Bobby

  5. Bobby, the only real swing fault I have is diving down at the ball and hitting the ball fat. When I don’t do that, I can bottom out my swing in front of the ball, etc. Is there any drill or swing thought I could have that help me not try to dive at the ball in trying to hit it harder?

    1. Paul,
      I don’t get this question very often, so therefore, it must be a great question. First, yes it is possible to hit the ball fat and have a 4 inch in front swing bottom. The result is taking too big of a divot. Depending on if you want to improve other issues in your ball striking, the fix could be several things. If you’re happy with your ball striking and want to eliminate so many fat shots, either shorten your clubs or stand taller at address.
      To better impact,
      Bobby

  6. Bobby..Good segment…question..”Are you actively releasing the club or are you letting the momentum of the swing result in release?”…Thanks

    1. Bo,
      The club will release, you can’t stop that. The key is when will it release. The later, the better impact!
      To better impact,
      Bobby

    1. Thanks for asking that Jerry. I talk about it so much in my impact-based® teaching that I often assume everyone knows. The workhorse comprises the big muscles of the body from the feet through to the hips; that through proper training can more effectively and powerfully deliver clubhead lag into the ball, producing longer, higher, more solid and more consistent shots. To better impact, Bobby

  7. I have long had a problem with taking a divot in front of the ball. I’ve tried all kinds of adjustments but none seem to work. Is this due to my setup or distance from the ball?

    1. Bryan,
      You’re not alone. In fact, I bet over 95% of the golfers who play, struggle with this Dynamic #2 issue. Set up and distance from the ball can play a role, but for true healing that delivers more speed, better compression, longer shots with more consistency, you have to look at the function of the Load, Lag and Workhorse sequence. This is exactly why I’m in this business, to help.
      To better impact,
      Bobby

    1. Thanks for asking that Dan. I talk about it so much in my impact-based® teaching that I often assume everyone knows. The workhorse comprises the big muscles of the body from the feet through to the hips; that through proper training can more effectively and powerfully deliver clubhead lag into the ball, producing longer, higher, more solid and more consistent shots. To better impact, Bobby

  8. I have suffered from early extension for years. Can you please give me some exercises and drills to help eliminate this problem?
    Thanks

    1. Ron,
      Most early extension issues are rooted in a swing bottom that is too far behind the 4 inches in front, where it needs to be (Dynamic #2). This develops a pattern that then gets grooved as early extension. Fixing early extension without fixing the swing bottom issue is like putting new tires on a car that has a broken axel. Fix the problem that needs fixing first.
      To better impact,
      Bobby

  9. Mr Clampett,

    I have two questions, if that is allowed.
    First, when I am driving I lift my front foot, I step back away from the ball and spin my toes out thus falling backwards causing me to either pull the ball sharp to the left or slice it a country mile right. I am pretty sure that my issue comes from me trying too hard to drive the ball long (over swinging).
    Second, I couldn’t buy a divit if my life depended on it and I am inconsistent.
    Any suggestions on either?

    1. Tim,
      I don’t believe that overswinging is your issue. I believe that learning to use the ground effectively creates power and consistency, which is what every golfer should be aspiring to get. Learning proper footwork is a learned behavior pattern and very rarely to golfers do it well naturally. That’s why we have the best technology, Swing Catalyst 3D Motion Pressure Plate in Naples to guide our students and give them bio feedback that lets them see with every swing what they are doing. To better impact, Bobby

  10. Bobby how do I start downswing with lower body separated from upper body seems to me I am doing all three at once lower upper and arms how do I segregate all three

    1. Jim,
      Segregating the three is not what you should be trying to do. As a general rule, the lower body, powered by the ground forces should start the downswing sequence. The upper body should follow and rotate. Once I know what your natural tendencies are, I can recommend your needed thoughts to get into the right sequencing.
      To better impact,
      Bobby

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