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9 to Low Point

Many golfers struggle with arm timing and direction. This drill helps you focus on the low point of the club and how it relates to the golf ball. Low point is especially important for creating consistent contact with the irons.

Playlists: Fix Your Chicken Wing (Bent Arm @ Impact)

Tags: Poor Contact, Iron, Release, Drill, Intermediate

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This drill is 9 to low point. So 9 to low point is a great drill for working on your

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low point control. Many golfers struggle with the club kind of bottoming out behind

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the golf ball and either picking the ball or chicken winging or hitting fat shots,

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then shots. And typically this will show up as poor contacts especially with the

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irons. So 9 to low point helps you connect that delivery position to where you're

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trying to get ultimately get the club at its lowest point brushing the ground. So to

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do it, we're going to use our impact fix as a kind of awareness drill. So you're

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going to get into your setup position and you're going to get into your good

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impact position. Then you're going to move the club ahead of the golf ball

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about six eight inches or so and you're going to feel like you've just pushed

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just slightly into the ground. Now at this point technically because of what my

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body is doing the club is going to be or the handle is going to be coming up but I'm

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also going to be extending the arm so I'll feel that club pushing down into the

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ground. So for this drill impact fix we're going to impact position and then put

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the club at low point. Now I'm going to move the ball just so that you can see

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what the keys are for this drill. The key for this drill is when I get into this

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low point position the key is to make a straight line with the club head where it's

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working gradually downward into low point. What a lot of you are going to try to do

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especially the first few times that you try this is you're going to get into your

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delivery position and then you're going to get the club on the ground. Let's say just

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behind the middle of your stance or even middle of your stance and then you're going

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to try to keep it low all the way through there. So it's going to end up looking like

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that. Now the problem is when you get body speed involved it'll end up getting more

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exaggerated where the bottom of the swing is going to move a little bit further backward

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and that's going to tend to cause the club to come more from this low to high position.

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So when you're doing this drill the key is to feel the club a little bit higher longer

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so that then when you go to extend it's extending out into that low point position instead

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of behind it and kind of dragging through because there are really only two ways that I

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can move that bottom the swing forward like this. One would be if I take the swing path or

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the shape of the whole loop and I make it come way over the top. So if I'm facing this way

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right now that whole loop is bottoming out right at the golf ball now if I go like this

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now it's going to bottom out ahead of the golf ball but you can see it's way over the top.

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If I was to create a shallow path that's going to cause the swing to bottom out behind the golf

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ball. So the other option instead of tilting the whole shape of the circle is to take this

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and basically shift it like so. Now the two ways that I could do that would be either shifting

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my whole upper body which isn't going to work very well for anything longer than like a distance

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wedge or pitch shot or I could use the white movement where even though my body is going to

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stay behind and angle a little bit backward my arm timing and direction is going to move the whole

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circle or Hula hoop forward. That's the option that we're trying to get here.

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So we'll demonstrate a few but keep in mind kind of the overall concept of trying to get it

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from a straight line here to brushing the ground out in front of the golf ball and then we're just

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going to let the golf ball get in the middle. So from a face on view you're going to do the impact

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fix. Boom you're going to put the club roughly even with your left foot six you know eight inches

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in front of the golf ball and feel like that's where it's going to be reaching its low point.

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Go back to waist tight and then in one fluid movement get the club the bottom out

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ahead of the golf ball. So not letting it bottom out and then trying to keep it low. If it's already

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low to the ground before the golf ball you got no chance of keeping it low to the ground on the

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other side. So from down the line I'm going to do my impact fix preset where the club is going to

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be pushing in the ground pump that a couple times go back to waist tight and then in one movement

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try to get the golf club to brush or hit the ground and just let the ball get in the way. Now if

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you're if you're new to this it's very normal to hit these a little thin it's also normal to hit

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these a little bit to the right. You can any of these stop drills you want to be a little bit

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patient with yourself as far as contact goes. But then once you get a feeling for it so here's my drill

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good then I do one but the ball get in the way. Once I get a feeling for it I can go ahead and try to

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recreate that same type of contact and feeling in a normal kind of fluid nine to three drill.

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Once I have a normal fluid nine to three drill feeling and I've got something I want to test.

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Now I can go bigger either more intense or I can work it closer and closer into the full swing.

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So if you're struggling with a little bit more of a scoopy type contact and you're struggling

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with iron consistency this is a great drill for help you to focus on low point which is one of the

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key factors for hitting solid iron shots.

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