Address Vs. Impact Positions

By John Elliott

Address Vs. Impact Positions

So you are setting up and hitting the ball. The question is, is your address and impact the same or different? What is your answer. I did not hear you. A little louder, what is that answer? The answer is that it is supposed to be different. Why? Because the set up is a static position. You set your feet, you set your lower body, you set your upper body, you set your club, you set your clubhead, and you also assume a ball position. Impact is a dynamic position. Let me show you the difference between address and impact. Address and impact. One of the keys to the impact position changing is the delofting of the clubface. That is where a lot of your distance comes from. You may not be taking advantage of that because you do not realize that actually happens. The Tour players with an iron lose eight degrees of loft from their address position to impact. Eight degrees is the equivalent of two clubs. That means that when they are hitting an 8-iron it is actually arriving as a 6-iron. Most of you when you hit an eight because you impact many times when the handle is behind the ball your 8-iron is arriving as a nine or a wedge. You watch the numbers on tv and somebody hits a 7-iron 100 and 70 four and you say golly I hit it 100 and 30 three. It could be something as simple as your club handle is behind the ball at impact and they have their hands in front of the ball. One of the keys to this is that when you go to that impact position you do not want the handle coming up. I am going to change angles so that you can see the handle. when I go from address to impact the handle stays the same height. Most of you go from address to impact and the handle comes up. When the handle comes up the clubface opens up causing you again to add loft when you actually want to subtract loft. So, address is a static position, impact is dynamic position. This position allows me to do this. You just heard a great single sound called CBG, club, ball, ground. I hit the club against the ball and then that club ran in to the ground. Why? Because I put my body in a pre impact position which then allowed me to have that nice collision with the ground. If you are not getting that good collision, if you are not getting that good sound and that great feel then your address and impact are too close together. They are not different enough. This is impact. The hips are open, the shaft is leaning forward, the clubface is delofted. Taking a divot in front of the ball is easy when you know that.


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