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I’m an 8 handicap and I’ve lost my swing plane. What happens to the club at waist-high on the takeaway? I feel like the only way to get the toe pointing skyward is to fan the club. My shots are soft and high right; golf is NOT fun right now! I have lost two club lengths and 40 yards on my driver. Help me!

Bill Hammill
November 07, 2015

Bobby’s Answer

Hi Bill,

Your struggles raise a very important question. Style-based teaching places a large focus on correcting the swing plane, but what if I told you the answer to your problem was entirely different?   

If you think about it, the answer is simple: everything in a golf swing revolves around making great impact with the golf ball. 

It can be misleading for golfers to focus on their swing plane because they are no longer aware of what they are doing at the moment of impact. 

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The biggest issue is that style-based instruction causes golfers to incorrectly assess themselves when they hit shots, leading them down a road of trying new things that aren’t even close to making quality impact. This results in continuing struggles paired with more frustration with the game.

To find out exactly how Bill can fix his swing and regain his distance, watch the video below.

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    1. Bobby .. keep up the good work! As to Marvin Nalick’s query, “Is he right handed? Is he left or right eye dominant?” These conditions matter!” You can correct his set-up and execution … swing profile.

  1. Bobby, I love your tips and training ideas. Is there any reason why your videos cannot be made to go to a full screen viewing so it’s easier to watch what you’re doing?

  2. I’ve had some success by studying you videos and working with Bernie Sheridan. Never the less getting to the impact zone and especially effective workhorse seems to depend on load and lag technique and the position of the body (weight etc.) at the top of the swing. I’m still fighting for more consistency but am excited by achieving proper impact position after more than 60 years of playing golf.

  3. Qrecently I noticed a long standing fault. When trying to drive with legs from top I caught a severe tilt caused by this. A pure lateral and slow move let my arms drop and bring the club down the line correctly, the shaft, that is. Just thought you might could use this to help everyone as you help me with lot of things on impact zone dvd

  4. I’m still slicing my driver I can hit my irons straight , I think I’m cutting across the ball & have tried to swing to the right but that haven’t helped much any ideas ?
    Thanks Clark & I really enjoy your lessons.

  5. Bobby: on my wedding honeymoon in 1994 I played Cypress and took a lesson from Ben Doyle, Ben would say leverage not leakage. In holding the angle, lag, when people get over 60 can be hard on the back , the tilt back. We did the sand drill.
    Your comments. Wishing you well .
    Quail loves you . With our only child. Nick

  6. I am almost 70 and usually shoot in the mid 80’s. How do I obtain proper lag without hooding the club face? It seems the more I try to achieve the divot being 3-4 inches in front of the ball, the more I seem to hood and hit low shots.

  7. I’m a right handed player with a tendency to push the ball to the left like a “pull hitter in baseball. How do I prevent this from happening?

    1. Stay bent over to the ball better through impact. Pulling left is most commonly caused by standing up in your swing. A ball can also get pulled hard left if your body sways backward during impact.

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    All your answers are around Impact, impact, Impact ... nithing else!!! Why don’t you take 3 or 4 players and show jow they get max impact with those swings???!!!!!....

    All your answers are around Impact, impact, Impact … nithing else!!! Why don’t you take 3 or 4 players and show jow they get max impact with those swings???!!!!!….

  9. I had that same issue where I was driving off to the right. Gotta hold your right leg straight longer. And make sure everything is square at impact – take a practice swing. Swing again freezing your club at impact and you’ll see that the club head is more square the straighter you hold your right leg. For longer distance, loosen your wrists, loosen your grip, let the club head “fling” into the ball.

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