How to Practice With a Golf Impact Bag to Improve Your Swing

By Gary Wiren

There are a lot of details that you can get involved in to make a good golf swing. How you grip, aim, set up, take it away, position at the top, come down, release, all those things, weight transfer. But you know, there is only one moment of truth, the moment of truth when the clubhead strikes the ball.

5 Laws of Ballflight

  • Is the face square?
  • Are you hitting it in the center?
  • Is the path coming in the correct position?
  • Are you getting enough clubhead speed?
  • Is the angle of approach correct?

How to Practice With an Impact Bag

Those are the five laws of ballflight. One of the most important tools that has ever been created to help you with that is the Impact Bag. I am sure you have seen this yellow bag at golf ranges all around the world. In your practice areas, you have seen it on television on the Golf Channel. It is something that I created 20 years ago.

The impact bag is an idea that I got from Henry Cotton, five time British Open Champion and great, great player. He wanted to have people hit into a tire, which is much harsher in the feeling, but to get the idea of where the club and the body should be you must be able to feel resistance. That probably sent some people to orthopedic surgeons with elbow, writs and shoulder problems, but we took a different tact.

We have a soft product here where you can feel the same type of resistance but now sense where you body is for the correct golf shot. This is the way every good player looks at impact. Left arm from the shoulder to the club is a straight line. Coming off the right side, rolling to the left, and head still behind the ball.

So you can practice hitting into the bag to impact. The swing does not have to be hard, just practice hitting the bag. Then you get away from the bag and you swing to that impact position to feel it. Then you swing through to finish because the moment of truth is what you want to practice and this is the best device ever made to do it.


Category: Impact
Sub Categories: Practice, Swing Drills

About the Instructor

Gary Wiren
Gary Wiren
Trump International Golf Club
3505 Summit Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL. 33406
Tel: 800-FOR-GARY
Tel: 800-367-4267