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Ground contact is arguable the most important skill for consistent iron play. Ground contact is usually thought of as just ahead or behind the ball, but it also relates to heel vs toe contact. It's hard to strike the ground in exactly the same spot that you set up so learning to bias the ground contact slightly closer to you can be really helpful if you struggle with hitting shanks. The mechanism for hitting the ground closer to you comes primarily from the body pivot moving into the left heel. You don't want to force the ground contact by bending the arms.
Tags: Poor Contact, Drill, Beginner
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This drill is three times closer.
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So this drill is a specifically designed for golfers who tend to shank the ball because
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golfers who are specific golfers who shank the ball when you get set up the club is contacting
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the ground further and further away from you.
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That tends to move the club from the middle of the ball to hitting it on the hazel.
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So one drill just as a kind of feeling drill or an awareness drill as I don't really
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care too much how you do it just figure out a way to do it.
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So we're going to practice hitting the ground closer to us.
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So the most common ways that golfers are going to get the club to hit the ground closer,
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it's either going to be from a weight distribution from a body position or an arm timing.
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So I've got the yoga block here just to give me a little bit of a reference because if
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I got set up here and then I hit the ground further away I would hit that yoga block.
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So now what I'm going to do is I'm going to get set up with the toe of the club up against
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the yoga block and then I'm going to do a couple kind of rhythmic swings and I'm going
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to try and move my body more towards my heels, my body away and kind of delay my arm
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timing so that I hit the ground closer to me three times in a row.
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Now the the super important thing is that I don't want my low point to start moving backward.
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Oftentimes when golfers start moving away they go earlier with the arms and they start hitting
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fat thin shots because the low point moves backward.
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I want to get the same low point position compared to the ball even though I'm moving away.
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So three times closer I'm going to start off with the exaggeration where I'm going to try to
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move my contact point a couple inches each time. As I get better with this I'm going to try to
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refine it. So now I'm going to get set up and I'm going to try to hit the ground just slightly
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slightly so on each one of those I was trying to move it maybe a half inch as I get more refined
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with my low point control I can adjust more subtly. So now when I start to put the ball in place
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I'm not going to be able to hit the ground three times or I can but I'm not going to hit the ball
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three times. So now that I have the ball in play I'm going to move the yoga block out of the way so
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we can see this a little bit more obviously. I'm going to set up with the ball on the
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puzzle and then I'm going to try and move my low point so that I make contact with the middle of the club.
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So again I'm going to set up with it on the puzzle and we'll do the kind of the full version.
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So I'm going to set up with it on the puzzle low point closer three times closer. I feel it mostly
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in my body moving more towards my heels and my body moving away from the golf ball.
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This can a lot of golfers who struggle with shanking the ball they tend to have more of this
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lunge into their toes or this lunge downward so that when they extend the arms you can see that
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one made contact on the heel and it made contact with the ground further away. So this is a really good
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drill for golfers who shank the ball to get more aware of this ground contact. And sometimes
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I'll challenge them to have it as far away as possible and now we're going to try to jump to that
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third closest. So I'm going to bring it back. Not bad. So if I can make contact more less in the
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middle of the club but starting with the ball further out there as I get more confident with it I
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can do this on a very subtle version. If the club contacts the ground closer to me than where I
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set up I'm virtually eliminating any chance of shanking the ball unless I set up really far on the heel.
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So if you're struggling with shanking ball I highly recommend recalibrating and this is one of my
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favorite kind of go-to ways to use it on the course because it's more of just a general feel
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than a super technical feel that's helping you control your low point. When you take it to the course
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if you find that you've lost it and you fall into your shank pattern again you can go to the edge of the
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T-box or go to the edge of the fairway. Like we'll put the stick here and we'll imagine that this is the cut line
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between the fairway and the rough. If I start there if I start with the club up against that cut line
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that'll give me my reference for making the proper ground contact. If I find that that first time
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I take the swing and I hit that rough line I know I'm flirting with shanking the ball and I need to
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recalibrate. So this is one of my favorite ways for getting people out of the most frustrating
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