Taking the X to impact: I wrote a cover piece article on this in about 1993. What we did was think what happens when we get to impact. What does the X look like? By that I mean, where are your hips, where are your shoulders, how much angle is on your shoulders?
What You Need to Know About X-Factor
I can go through quite a few things that we looked at and studied, but I want to make a couple of simple observations that should help you with your game and where you want to be at impact.
- At the top of the swing you have a big differential between the shoulders and the hips.
- We might slightly increase that as we start down, which means my shoulders are turned more than 30 degrees more than the hips are turned, quite a bit more.
- As we start down and come to impact the shoulders start to catch up. That is because they are pivoting just around your spine while your hips are connected to both legs that are hitting the ground.
- When you get to impact, it is really important that the hips are still in the lead. They have not lost ground to where the shoulders have actually overtaken them.
X-Factor: Position at Impact
So at impact, and you can practice this at home or on the range, you want to feel weight into the left leg and the hips turned about 30 or 40 degrees to the left. Your shoulders, on the other hand, will be from square, if you are trying to draw it, to maybe 10 to 20 degrees open at impact, but they have not caught up to the rotation of the hips.
Most amateur golfers will tend to come into impact with the lower body going a little bit dead and the shoulders might come in at 20 to 30 degrees left and the hips are about square. Now that is going to produce a real rocking, blocking action with a lot of shots off to right field. So practice your X-Factor impact alignment and I guarantee you will start to understand what you need to do to hit the golf ball better.