Find the Three Bottoms of Your Golf Swing

By John Elliott

Find the Three Bottoms of Your Golf Swing

Take a Divot on Every Golf Swing

Have you ever wondered why you don't take a divot in front of the ball every single time you swing an iron, which is something you should do. Well I am going to show you a little exercise here and the only three things required are you, a can of paint and a wedge, and it does not even need to be a wedge.

  • First thing we want to do is take the can of paint and just simply draw a line.
  • All you are going to do now is straddle the line.
  • You will put the club in the lead arm and you are going to swing the club back and forth. This is the lead arm bottom, look where the club hits the ground. So if all we ever swung in golf was our lead arm we would always hit the ground forward of the center of our body.

If You Overwork Your Backswing, You Will Hit Behind the Ball

The opposite is true if you switch arms. If you now swing your trail arm back and forth when the club hits the ground it will hit the ground back where your right armpit is. Now the interesting thing is look at the difference in the two sets of holes in the ground. If you are overworking your backside, back arm, you will tend to hit behind the ball. That is what a lot of you do. You hit a lot of fat and a lot of thin shots because there is too much coming from the back of your body and not enough from the front side. So when you switch the club to your lead arm now you are going to hit the ground over here.

Are You a Golf Flipper or Scooper?

What happens in golf is this, at address the club is in a neutral position, that means the shaft is up and down. But to take a divot in front of the ball, or in this case in front of the line, the club must arrive in this position. It must have a forward lean to it to allow the club to hit the ground forward of the line. Anytime you are hitting the ground behind the line your shaft is leaning backwards to some degree at impact. That is why your friends have told you that you are a flipper or a scooper. Trust me, neither one of them is a compliment. You do not want to be a flipper or a scooper.

Learn to Hit Down on the Golf Ball

You want to learn how to hit down on the ball. Now what you saw looked like this. The club starts in a neutral position, as I swung back my wrists bent a little bit, as I turn forward notice how the red handle has crossed the yellow line well in advance of the head of the club. Now the club will hit the ground ahead of the yellow line. For you to learn that feel it makes when you swing with your lead arm, training that muscle, because that is all it is, to hit the ground forward of the center of your stance. That is good for chipping, pitching, irons, fairway woods and you do not need to do that with a driver because you can regulate the height of the tee. So keep thinking, ok, I am bottoming out in the wrong place. What do I need to do to change the bottom? Train the lead arm.


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