If you have ever hit the perfect shot, you know that it is a thing of beauty. It’s the one thing that keeps people playing this game. There are others, but the quest for the perfect shot is right up there with the best of them.
Let’s say you have hit the perfect ball. Watched it sail away toward your target as if you had complete and total control of it’s final destination. A wonder to be seen by your golfing partners, to be marveled at and remembered. A topic of discussion for months later at the bar and at work.
What a shot, they would remark. And you will remember it for the rest of your life.
Why? Because it is so rare that this actually happens, it’s like finding a pot of gold. A never ending voyage in search of that one shot, finally achieved. Once in a lifetime.
The Perfect Shot ! Was it a complete and total accident. Come on! Was it?
I’ll answer that for you. That shot was not an accident. No way.
It was an accumulation of all the right parts and pieces moving at exactly the right speed , on the correct plane in the perfect path to an excellent impact position. A beautiful combination of power and grace all joining together to create results that we can only hope to achieve once in a blue moon.
” The Perfect Shot”
Man .. .How I love watching the ball rise to it’s height, then flatten out it’s trajectory with tons of spin and superior direction. Then as if tuned to perfection, begins it’s descent to the target. And finally settling into a spot that was in your mind but beyond your abilities. Achieved! Wow!
Do you remember a few years ago, when Greg Norman endorsed a product for learning the proper position of the right hand. It was a gadget that you strapped onto your wrist.
It had a thingy that pulled your index finger back a bit, and forced your right wrist to bend back in a
” cocked position”
Try this.. Just hold your right hand in front of you with your palm pointing to the left and then bend your wrist straight back toward your forearm.
You see that angle between the back of your hand and your forearm? That is what this device of Greg Normans did.
Believe it or not.. this is the perfect position for your hand to be an impact.
That was the whole idea behind the gadget. To teach people how the right wrist was supposed to act in the Golf Swing. ( I know there are lefty’s out there, sorry, your on your own to reverse things)
Trouble was that it was really not at all comfortable. You could use it chipping. And it was a very useful gadget for that. But it was hard to use in a full swing.
But it sure did show how the wrist should work.
And that is one of the major missing ingredients between a hackers swing and a good players swing.
Good players have this angle, poorer player never do.
It is the way a good player achieves that rising trajectory. And the sound you hear on the range when a better player is hitting balls. It is the sound of pinching the ball. Can you hear it?
It is truly one of the secrets of great impact position.
Here is a quick way to experience this position… now remember these positions are very hard to describe without a picture so bare with me here. If you don’t understand it ..blame someone else. I’m just trying to help.
But if you can do this.. you will hit the ball as if by magic. And you will think that I actually know what I’m talking about.
Here we go: As with all of these positions, take a good grip…………please do this.
Now at your very best address position, and remembering the position of the right wrist, I want you to PUSH the right wrist bent. If you do this correct your wrist will be bent back toward your forearm like we did a few minutes ago without the club.
Your hands at this point will be slightly ahead of the ball, slightly. not leaning way over just a slight bit and the right wrist is bent back or “cocked”
One way to think about this is to push the pad of your right thumb down onto the knuckle of your left thumb. This will bend the right wrist. Or push the wrist bent.
After you do this you will notice that there is now an angle between the clubs shaft and your right arm. This is very very important. Caution: don’t over do this, these are slight angles not big noticeable pretzel positions.
You can now take this angle and move the whole affair back and forth as in a mini swing using just your shoulders. No arms, wrists or hand movement at all, just move the shoulders and let the angle go with this movement. Just the shoulders.
Pay close attention to the angles. Keep them in tact. Turn the shoulders, and maintain the angles.
You can now hit mini chip shots. These angles must be maintained through impact. You will hit down on the ball and the ball will go up and you will notice a crisp hit.
I cannot express how important it is to turn the shoulders and just allow the arms and club to move with the shoulders and not do anything on their own. Maintain the angles.
Once again. As you push the right wrist bent, you will create an angle between the clubs shaft and your forearm. You now have two noticeable angles. The shaft to forearm and wrist to forearm. They are almost the same angle and you really cannot have one without the other.
Keeping a close watch on the shaft to forearm angle, move your shoulders to the right as if in a back swing, allow the arms to go with the shoulders and make sure the angle stays in tact.
You do this by pushing right wrist bent.
The down swing is the exact opposite. Turn the shoulders back and maintain these angles as long as you possible can. This, you will do with considerable speed. Turning the shoulders I mean.
If you set up with the clubface square and used a “good grip” and kept the angles, if you did that. You have just managed to keep the clubface square through out the entire swing and there is no way you could hit anything but a straight or slightly right to left ball.
I said earlier that this is an easy lesson. It’s not! This is hard to do. But, that said, if you practice this using a mini swing and chip with it, it won’t be long and you will find a way to incorporate it into your full swing.
It is at that point that you will see the magic in this move. It’s all about leverage and angles. No leverage no power, no angles no leverage. That’s just the way it is.
I will tell you that this one move, this one thought is what I use to play with. I hit it good when I use this thought and execute and I hit it poor when I don’t. It’s that simple. I play to a 1 handicap with enough rounds below par to keep me very happy, most of the time.
One last thing, (man I’m long winded), this weekend, watch the pros.. when you get a chance to see the swing slowed down, pay very close attention to the angles we have discussed here. Often you will be able to see exactly what you learned here.
There is no better Golf lesson than watching these guys and gals, but you have to know what to look for. So look for the angles there are only two.
This is an advanced golf lesson, but there is no need of for poorer players to be kept in the dark about what works in a golf swing. Just because you may not be able to do it right now does not mean you should not be aware of it and work it into your swing later.
So give it a whirl next time you have a minute on the range. Chip some balls using this technique.
Should be easy … right?