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Face Awareness With Foot Spray

A can of Dr. Scholl's foot spray is a great tool for identifying impact location. As many golfers are unaware of how they are making contact on the face, this is a quick and inexpensive diagnostic. Overall, making centered contact is important as it is an indicator that you are properly controlling low point and the face-to-path relationship. If you start to notice that your impacts are more heel or toe biased, you may need to make some setup changes or take a long-term look at possible swing fixes. However, once you can consistently make centered contact, you should progress to a few "skill games" and see how difficult or easy it is to the shift impact location on command. 

Playlists: Practice Strategies, Find Your Best Swing Quickly, Understand Your Swing Plane/Path

Tags: Fundamentals, Poor Contact, Drill, Intermediate

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This drill is face awareness with the doctor's shoulder's foot spray.

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So hitting the ball in the center of the club is a combination of seals, but largely

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related to path control.

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Low point control, path control is how you make solid contact.

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And then getting that to fly straight is a result of how well you're able to control the

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face to path relationship.

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So many golfers are simply unaware of where they're making contact on the face.

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So this is one of the tried-and-true methods of identifying where you're making contact

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with the club face.

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If you start to see a pattern and that pattern is not in the center of the club, then you

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can either make some simple setup changes or take that as a diagnostic tool that's something

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in your swing is a little bit off.

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And if you're working long-term, you can try to balance that in order to create better

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of face awareness.

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However, face awareness is a skill.

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As I demonstrate with my students, when you know what you're doing, you can hit it on the

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toe, hit it on the heel, hit it on the center deliberately.

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And so sometimes when I ask students to move their contact point around, they have a quite

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a bit of trouble doing so.

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But anyway, this is just to help you gain awareness of where you're making contact

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on the face.

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It's very simple.

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It's either with a driver or with an iron, but you're going to spray the face so that

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the face becomes nice and white.

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It doesn't take very long for it to dry.

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And you can see that it'll look just like that.

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And then what we're going to do is we're going to make a swing.

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And we're just going to see where we made contact on the face and make either some conscious

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or some unconscious adjustments to that.

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Now, the reason I like to use spray instead of those stickers is one, I find it's even

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more convenient.

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Those stickers.

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And two, the stickers will change the flight pattern a little bit where the Dr. Schultz

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spray doesn't change it very much.

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So now we're going to take a swing.

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So that was a little low on the face.

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But you can see contact wise that was pretty close to the center there.

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Now when you do this on grass, especially if it's a little bit wet, which I'll find

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is the blades of grass will tend to mask or hide where you're making contact after you've

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done a handful.

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So you will have to reapply this every three to five swings or so.

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So there was a little bit more clear pattern.

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The first one was right there, a little bit low.

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That one is more just above the bottom groove, close to the middle, maybe even a touch

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on the heel.

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But I would take that as far as center face contact.

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So now my goal is to try to duplicate that same contact.

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But just for our human say, let's say we were able to do that.

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Let's say we now wanted to do a little bit more of a challenge drill.

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I'm going to try and move it a couple millimeters more towards the heel just by changing

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my setup slightly.

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Unfortunately it looks like that was pretty close to the same spot.

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So we'll call that a failure.

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We've got to try it again.

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This is getting pretty close to the last one we can do before I'm going to need to spray

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it again.

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So I'm going to play it just a little bit towards the heel and see if I can trust myself

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to make the same swing.

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How to hard time getting in the heel that's in the center as well.

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Alright, so you can see at this point it's very hard to tell where I would be making

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So I'm going to quickly reapply for me striking it on the toe is much easier than striking

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it on the heel.

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So I like to use the heel as a challenge game for me as far as feeling the weight of the

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So we'll do that one more time try not to shank it but try to hit it on the heel.

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And we can see where I'm stuck today.

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It's a little bit more towards the heel than where it was on the first couple but I was

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hoping to get one in this heel space.

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We'll try it one more time.

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The especially if I'm doing this with a driver what I may find is if I'm consistently

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hitting it on a certain spot on the club then I just need to factor that into my

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expected ball flight.

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So it's not necessarily a bad thing if you can't constantly hit the sweet spot or what

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I'm struggling with today is hitting it away from the sweet spot.

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All that means is you have to with the driver or three would you would have to understand

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how that would impact your swing.

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So let's say you were hitting it constantly on the toe.

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That means that if you hit a straight ball where you hit it on the toe your path was a little

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bit outside in and the face was a little bit open in order to get that straight shot.

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So it could throw you off if you're not quite comfortable with reading the ball flight but

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ultimately it's a great tool to understand where you're making contact.

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So let's see if we can get that heel contact one time.

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That felt more heel.

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All right so it was a little high on the face but I was able to move it pretty close to

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the end of the score lines there.

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So I'll take that but the ultimate thing is just using the Dr. Scholes Fussereda

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identify your pattern.

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A skill game is playing around with how well you can refine it.

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Whether you control that with your upper body or your arms is a little bit up to you.

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But ultimately it's great to have technique where you can hit it in the center but it's

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better to have skill where you're able to adjust whether you want to hit it on the heel

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or whether on the toe or whether in the center.

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All right for a fun little bonus freshly sprayed let's hit it on the toe.

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So I'm very comfortable hitting it anywhere from the toe to the center not very comfortable

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hitting it on the heel.

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That's important for me especially with the woods if I wanted to understand where my

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likely miss patterns are tend to show up.

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