How to Improve Your Impact With the Right Golf Swing Sequence

How to Improve Your Impact With the Right Golf Swing Sequence

One of my favorite questions to my students has to do with the sequence of impact. We have a club, we have a ball and we have the ground. The question is what sequence occurs when the club, the ball and the ground are being struck.

3 Parts to Sequence of Impact

Does the club hit the ground and then the ball or does the club hit the ball and then the ground? I asked this question to a seven year old and we decided that it is club-ball-ground, 'CBG.' I asked him to come up with something to remember CBG and he said 'cabbage,'; it's amazing how smart seven year olds are. So when he hits a shot he now thinks of cabbage. Most of us at the early stage of our golf game hit a golf ball by first hitting the ground.

Why You Hit Divots

Although we swing the club at the ball we regretfully hit the ground behind the ball. It might leave a wonderful divot but the problem is that it is no where near where the divot should be. You can see this by drawing a line on the grass where you put your ball down and examining the divot in relation to that line. So that shot was hitting club-ground-ball and you did not hear the club hitting the ball because it never really hit the ball, it hit the ground.

Club, Ball, Ground Swing Sequence

Now let's try a swing where the intent is to hit the ball first and then the ground. When I make this swing you hear a totally different sound and you see a totally different result in that the divot is in front of where the ball was. When you are playing golf, get it in your mind, get it in your hands, get it in your body, that the sequence you are looking for is club-ball-ground.

Why Hit the Ball Before the Ground?

We want to hit the ball and we want to hit the ground in front of it, why? Better sound, better feel, more backspin, more control for you, and when added together they mean more fun. I don't know about you but I like to have fun when I am playing and one of the ways that I do it is to hit the ball first and then I hit the ground after that. I can teach you how to do that, or you can learn that locally, but the point is club-ball-ground, don't forget it.

Category: Impact
About the Instructor
John Elliott, Jr.
John Elliott, Jr.
St. Andrews Golf & Country Club
3N441 Route 59
West Chicago, IL 60185
Tel: 630-231-3160

John Elliott, Jr., is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #39 instructor in the world. He is the head professional at the Country Club of Ocala in Ocala, Florida.


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