Tilt Right for Pure Contact

By Glenn Mcanally

A tilt to the right at address and a maintaining of that position throughout the golf swing will help eliminate a fat shot. A fat shot is one in which the club comes down at too steep an angle and hits down too low on the ball. The ball subsequently fails to travel very far, but it will go high. Unfortunately, in golf it is not how high you can hit the ball but how far. Practice the next steps that explain how to keep that tilt and you will achieve pure contact with greater consistency.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Observe your grip at setup. Your right hand should be lower on the club than the left hand.
Step 2
Let the right side of your head, your right shoulder and right arm tilt down accordingly. However much distance your right hand is lower than your left should correspond to the distance you should tilt your right side down.
Step 3
Begin your backswing with your body still tilted in this position.
Step 4
Make sure your head is behind the ball as you start the downswing. If your head is directly over the ball you are not properly tilted and will lose leverage.
Step 5
Stay behind the ball at impact. The force of the club swinging forward will automatically pull your body forward for the proper follow-through position.

Tips & Warnings

Use the analogy of skipping stones across the water if you have trouble staying tilted and behind the ball. As you skip stones your head is always way behind the stone the moment you release it.
Do not try to keep your shoulders level or else your club will end up bottoming out a couple of inches behind the golf ball and cause that fat shot. Avoid practicing this drill on a hard grass mat with your irons. Irons are supposed to impact on soft grass. You'll end up with tendinitis if you make a habit of this.
Do not try to keep your shoulders level or else your club will end up bottoming out a couple of inches behind the golf ball and cause that fat shot.
Avoid practicing this drill on a hard grass mat with your irons. Irons are supposed to impact on soft grass. You'll end up with tendinitis if you make a habit of this.

About The Author

Glenn McAnally is a thriller novelist and life long golfer who lives in Southern California. His most recent work is the action thriller Endangered as well as a story credit for the upcoming Nintendo DS title Elite Forces: Unit 77. He is a graduate of Villanova University.

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