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Playing With Low Point

The three skills to playing your best golf are:

  1. Creating speed
  2. Controlling the path of the club
  3. Organizing the face-to-path relationship

A key component to controlling the path is controlling low point. Low point can be looked at as when the club strikes the ground. This isn't alway the widest point of the swing arc, but for wedge shots those two are often the same.

This drill can be used to work on the skill of fat/thin contact as well as heel/toe contact.

Playlists: Fix Your Flip, Fix Your Chicken Wing (Bent Arm @ Impact), Understand Your Swing Plane/Path, Swing Plane Simplified - Working with steeps and shallows

Tags: Poor Contact, Chicken Wing, Iron, Fairway Wood, Practice Strategies, Impact, Release, Drill, Intermediate

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The cereal is playing around with low point. Low point control is one of the key skills

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for making really solid contact. You frequently see golfers or tour golfers at the

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US open, the British open where the grass is really bare and they tend to be on a little

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bit more slopes. You see them take a number of practice swings just kind of feeling how

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the club is going to hit the ground. I find that many amateurs are avoiding trying to hit

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the ground where most good golfers are trying to hit the ground and they're trying to hit

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the ground in a specific spot. Now what you do with your swing, how much you bump your

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hips or keep your posture or use the wipe or the motorcycle, that all influences both

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how you create speed or how you create speed, how you control the face to path relationship

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as well as the path. Low point control is one of the parameters of the path. So I'll bring

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the camera in and we'll take a closer look but I pretty much just drawn a box with the spray

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paint. What I normally do for students is I'll have them get in their setup posture

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and then I'll take a tee and I'll place lines in the ground. I'll just kind of drag and

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create lines so that they can see it. Roughly let's say about eight inches to a foot on both

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sides of the golf wall. So about four inches, four to six inches on one side versus the

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other. And then what I'll ask them to do is I'll ask them to take practice swings and just

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kind of see where the club hits the ground. Then here's where the drill comes in. The challenge

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is I'm going to ask you to move it with one of two different ways. You can either move it

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forward or backward using your arms or your body. If you're doing the arms I want you to

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try to keep your body movements the same. So I can move here and make it in contact. I can

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keep pretty much the same body movements and just by changing my arms I can move the

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low point from well back by my right foot to well out in front of my left foot. Then if I

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want I can challenge myself to move the low point around keeping the same arm movement and

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just adjusting the body. So now I'm going to make basically that release and I'm going

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to try to shift a little bit more so I can hit the ground back there or early extend or I

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can spin but now I get the low point where the path getting a little bit too much to the

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left. But it's a great way to kind of play around with low point. If you struggle with

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heel toe contact so shanks or lots of toe shanks, toe shots then I would also want you to play

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around with how can you move the low point away or towards. And so that way you'd want to put

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lines going towards the target parallel lines towards the target so that you can see where

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you're making contact and then what I'll find is okay I might be releasing like that and it's

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going out a bit and now I've been more forward keeping the same release. It starts to move

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more back towards me or I might find if I lead more with my body it brings it back towards

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me. If I really go early with my arms it gets you know good four inches out that way.

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So I might find that I can control and move around that low point doing different arm movements

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doing different body movements. The big body movements that are going to help you move

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the low point or either the Jackson 5 so getting a little bit of pressure shift into that

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front foot. The merry-go-round getting more flexion and body turn or potentially a little bit more

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of the side bend and this is a great way to confirm if you're getting side bend while going

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into extension because that'll move the low point way back or if you're getting side bend while

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going into flexion rotation that'll move the bottom of swing forward. So you'll see if I side

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bend but then rotate that hit the ground there. If I side bend but then extend that hit the

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ground way back here. So if you want to work on your low point skill trying to do it perfectly

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every time is the worst way to work on a skill. I've talked about the Goldy lock drills and trying

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to do too much one way too much the other way and then finding the middle. This is a great

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way for you to practice that skill working on low point. So now you can see from kind of the overhead view

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I'm just going to move the ball towards the front of that so that you can see roughly

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there's where my ball position would be and now here's just kind of setting a baseline trying to

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brush the ground right about where the ball is. Now I'm going to do body stays the same and I'm

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going to change it with my arms and so you'll see I can there's a little bit more outside in

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there's a little bit more white movement. I can really move it forward with that white movement

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without getting too much out the path getting too much outside in or if I cast I can really

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move that low point backward. Now I'm going to try and keep the same release

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so we're going to get that release going and I'm going to use my body rotation to move that forward

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and use some early extension to move that backward. I'm going to flex a little bit more to move that

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forward and steeper. I'm going to cover the ball but stay a little bit more back so I can just play

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around with different options and try and control where that's hitting the ground. You can put

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teasing the ground as different objects or you can just do it spatially. Now I'm going to try to move

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it forward backward so I'm going to set my baseline of just hitting the ground kind of like that.

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Now I'm going to flex more forward and turn and you see that moves the bottom of the swing closer

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to me. Now if I early extend and early release that right arm it moves it backward and further away

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for me. So now I can control where that bottom of the swing is hitting and then ultimately do it with

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some golf balls. So here I've got set up. There I've got the low point just ahead. Now I'm going to

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challenge myself. Same stance. I'm going to set up here and I'm going to try to use the wipe and

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staying down. So you can see I just got the grass and now same stance. If I found that I was really

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bottoming out here I'm going to try and control low point with a little bit more early extension

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now it gives me a little bit more hook.

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