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Understand Your Swing Plane/Path

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Right Path With An Impact Bag

Many golfers struggle with an outside path and an open face. This single drill allows you to slow down impact and virtually guarantee an in-to-out-path with a closed club face. While it's a small version of a full swing, it does give you a sense

Tags: Not Straight Enough, Not Enough Distance, Chicken Wing, Cast, Draw vs Fade, Driver, Fairway Wood, Impact, Follow Through, Release, Drill, Beginner

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The story is training a draw path with an impact bag.

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So those of you who've followed the site and followed my teaching know that I'm not really

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a big fan of using an impact bag, training for impact, right?

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The way that they're designed.

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But I do like to use impact bags in a couple different unconventional ways.

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So what I'm going to show you is how I like to use the impact bag to help you with a getting

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an outward path or a right word path for right hand golfers.

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So what we're going to do with the impact bag is we're going to position it outside the

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golf ball kind of like that.

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Now what many golfers, whether they know it or not, what many golfers intuitively believe

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is that in order to hit a draw when they're demonstrating it, they tend to exaggerate

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the face rotating through kind of like this.

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And we know that the amount of rotation that's not what causes the draw, it's the face

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angle compared to the path.

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So this is a good way to focus on both of those.

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Here's what you're going to try to do.

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If I do this facing you, in order to hit a draw, I want you to visualize that the face

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is close to the path.

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And so it's just going to travel through space like this.

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So if there was a golf ball right here, it's traveling more like this.

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It's not that it's coming just slightly inside and rotating close like that.

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So in order to get that feeling, what I'm going to do is I'm going to set up with this

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impact bag roughly out in front of my left foot.

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And now what I'm going to do is I'm going to get that club face so that it's pointing

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roughly at the target back here.

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And I'm going to extend the toe of the club out into the impact bag like this.

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And now it's a little tricky to do this and actually make contact with the golf ball.

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So usually what I'll do is get that look there in slow motion.

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It's coming through kind of like that.

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And then in slow motion, I'm trying to hit that impact bag.

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Now this is going to exaggerate that end out move.

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But when you start to add speed, it's going to usually result in a slight draw for golfers

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who are used to hitting more of a slice.

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If you're already struggled with hooking the ball, this probably isn't the best drill for

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So we'll bring that so it's just slightly outside the ball kind of like so.

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And then we'll do a little 9 to 3 where I'm basically trying to make contact with that

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and you saw once I add some body rotation, I actually missed the bag, which is easier to

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do than you would think.

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So again, we'll get that just outside kind of like that.

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Get a couple of rehearsals and I want to make sure that I'm not getting the arms too far

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So I'm still kind of in this position, you know, good delivery position and then I'm

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trying to basically close the face early.

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So it's close there and then I'm just trying to stick that toe into the bag like so.

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Yeah, just like that.

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Now time I hit the alignment route.

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So you can use the impact bag in a number of creative ways to give your brain a reference

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of hitting something.

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But I'm not a huge fan of hitting and bracing to look at impact position because it neglects

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a bunch of the skills that I think are good when you're training impact position.

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But I do like it for working on this right word exaggerated path and especially feeling

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that clubclosed with a lack of rotation through that release.

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That combination when you take it to a full swing is likely to produce a slight right to left

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