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06 January, 2013 by Bobby Clampett

THE 4-INCH FORWARD SWING BOTTOM

IMPACT ZONE™ DYNAMIC #2
Dr. Eric Wilson, PGA Master Professional
Impact Zone™  Master Instructor

As Bobby explains in The Impact Zone, “The average swing bottom of a PGA Tour professional is four inches in front of the ball, and that is a dramatic differential that exists between them and most amateurs.” Bobby also states that “one can deduce that a golfer will reduce his or her average score by four strokes for every forward inch of improvement made on the swing bottom.”

The only way to accomplish this critical dynamic is to strike down on the ball with an accelerating stroke, so that the bottom, or center of the swing arc, as well as the divot, falls approximately four inches in front of the ball. In other words, the club moves downward and strikes the ball before it reaches both the ground and the bottom of its arc. It then continues to descend to its low point four inches in front of (on the target side of) the ball. All of the best players in the world use the club in this manner, and you cannot expect to play golf to your potential until you master this critical dynamic.

To illustrate the 2nd Dynamic, please view the pictures of Fred Couples and Corey Pavin below.

Fred is at the impact position. Notice the forward shaft lean and the hands leading the clubhead into impact.

 

Fred is in the post-impact position, and it is evident that his club bottoms out four inches in front of the initial impact position.

 

Corey is at the impact position. Notice the forward shaft lean and the hands leading the clubhead into impact, almost identical to the impact position of Fred Couples.

 

Corey duplicates the post-impact position of Fred Couples almost exactly, with the club bottoming out four inches in front of the initial impact position.

While Fred and Corey don’t look the same as they deliver the club through impact, they both effectively employ IMPACT ZONE Dynamic #2, as do all the great players. Master this dynamic in your chipping and pitching and you are well on your way to becoming a better player. (To contact Eric, Click Here)

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