With the evolution of golf robots (primarily for equipment testing) that can get a hole in one time after time, it is easy to the think that the perfect golfer is born. In fact, the robots highlight quite how impressive you are and what is required from you in 18 holes of golf.
This is the more advanced bunker method. It is harder to learn that the 'straight face' approach but once you have it down, it is far superior as the club slides effortlessly through the sand without ever digging in.
The leg action through the downswing: A key source of power that also has huge affects on the club motion/angles.
The fluid motion of the club and body during the swing encapsulates the brain and body working together in harmony.
When it feels this good, the brain is telling you something.
There are a number of key scientific papers that back up our intuition on this topic; Focus on temporal (timing related) and rhythm aspects of our movement promote peak performance. The nature of this focus is low in cognitive load while being rich in movement cues.
Like most of my coaching, training the optimal movement with a driver revolves around having a clear concept of the end point; in this case, the sweeping motion of the club through strike. You have probably heard this before but let's be clear on our main objective:
"To maximise distance and accuracy the driver needs to hit the ball in middle (or slightly above centre) of the club face
|I have just dug up some incredible footage that we shot on the Phantom camera when filming the Golf Coach apps. This is the pro swing model, David Griffiths, playing a chip and run with a PW.|
It should be the intention of any development plan to improve key factors that dictate the ball strike and flight. In terms of the actual strike on the ball, there are several factors that will heavily influence your success.
Upon learning the game it would seem fairly instinctive to lift the ball from underneath but it is this instinct that leads to an array of swing errors. In actual fact the club should still be moving downwards as we make contact with the ball. It is fairly common advice to ‘hit down’ on the ball but the important thing is not to strike down in the ground but to control where the club arc bottoms out in relation to the ball.
Achieving a consistent, powerful contact on the ball is very much down to you being able to accurately predict where the arc of your club head will bottom out. Once again, here is Mile Bennett of “Stack and Tilt’ demonstrating this skill perfectly.
This level of accuracy and control requires a number of principles falling into place.
For many golfers this shot represents the toughest of the sloping lies and it is certainly a shot that took me a good few years to get to grips with. I knew the basic swing adjustments listed below but the key understanding for me was that stability is paramount and that I was better off taking more club and staying balanced throughout the swing.
Key Swing Adjustments