False Feel – Throwing the Clubhead at the Ball

The nemesis of many golfers, including me, is the dreaded scooping motion. You will find many posts on this blog around this subject. Recently, I found a blog post that gives a unique insight into this motion, and I encourage all my readers to view it and reflect on the concepts presented. The blog post can be found here:  Sick of Hacking.

Essentially, what is discussed in the post is the false feel of power that you get from throwing the clubhead at the ball. In other words, as the club comes down you throw your right wrist towards the ball (like you are throwing a ball) and you fling the clubhead towards the ball rather than keeping your right wrist bent (which thereby keeps your left wrist flat). All pros have their hands ahead of the ball at impact  If you throw the clubhead at it you get the dreaded scoop and your left wrist breaks down.

Here is a picture from the post that illustrates the result of this throwing motion.

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Notice the left wrist breakdown.

The post basically says that the swing thought needs to change from throwing the clubhead at the ball to rather moving your hands down toward the ball. You want the club going downward toward the ball, not heading upward. Here is how it is illustrated:

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So as I see this, I am thinking if my swing thought is hands downward toward the ball so that at impact my clubhead and left arm are inline, I’ll achieve proper impact. But when you throw the clubhead at the ball, just post impact the clubhead will be moving upward, and all velocity will be lost. Here is a quote directly from the post:

Q: Why is it that handicaps have constantly failed to drop despite thousands of books, magazines and videos?

A: It’s because golfers continue to bend their left wrists through impact and hit at the ball. That is ‘hacking’ the ball, and as the handicap charts tell us, it produces only hackers. Until Joe Public learns to keep his left wrist flat and swing through the ball, handicaps will stay high…We throw the club past the left arm – rather than in line with it – for a reason. For example, the club wants to go down through impact, but in a mistaken attempt to add velocity, we flatten the right wrist. This is a ‘false feel’ – it’s a forward motion, not a downward motion – and it causes the clubhead to immediately stop going down and to start coming up.

There is more to discuss, reflect on, and practice with the theory presented in this blog post. With some warmer weather we will try some of these things out and see if we can move from being a hacker to being a player. Wishing you More Pars as we move into the month of March!

Matt




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