Find the Correct Golf Swing Bottom

By Laird Small

Where is the Bottom of the Golf Swing?

Listen to these sounds of impact here as we strike the ball. Could you hear that being a little clunky? That one was a lot more clunky, you could really sense that. What is happening here is that the club is not descending when it strikes the golf ball. Now where is the bottom of the swing? Yes, that is a question. Where is the bottom of the swing?

The bottom of the swing is exactly four inches ahead of the golf ball, so when you strike the golf ball the bottom of the divot, the deepest part of the divot is going to be way over here past the ball. This means that the club as it is approaching the golf ball is in a downward motion. Your hands are leading a trailing clubhead.

Find the Club Sweet Spot

The sweet spot of the golf club is way up on the clubface which means that the club has to be in a descending motion to be able to have the club interact with the clubface on the sweet spot. Let's take a look at it with a shot. I struck the shot and when we look at the divot here is where the ball was and you are able to tell that here is the lowest part of the divot. You can hear by the sound of the shot that it was well struck as the ball compressed, that is going to allow you to be consistent in the delivery of the club to the ball each time.

Drill for Golf Swing Starting Position and Better Impact

Here is a drill that can help you do that. Here is your address position, there is your impact position. From my perspective, from my right eye's point of view, my hands are way over here. What I am going to try to do is get my hands to that ball before the clubhead hits the ball. Most of the time people are just trying to return the club to the same starting position that they have at address. Impact and your starting position are two very separate things. Give this a try, I know it will improve your impact right away.


Category: Impact
Sub Categories: Downswing, Hands, Swing Drills

About the Instructor

Laird Small
Laird Small
Pebble Beach Golf Academy
1700 17-Mile Drive
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
Tel: 831-622-8650