It is debatable what the most important position in golf is, but a lot of people would say impact and I would have to agree that it is certainly one of the most important positions in the game of golf.
The Difference Between Impact and Address
One huge misconception is that your address and impact positions are similar, or even the same. Some people would say you want to turn and return to your address position. Actually, everything at impact is different than it was at set up.
That means that you have turned your hips to the left, you have pushed off your right leg, you are going into a straighter braced left leg. The handle is slightly forward with the irons, you are striking down on the golf ball, your right shoulder is lower and you are into a really solid left wrist, left arm position.
The left wrist starts with a little cup and comes into a flat position at impact like this. Some people will even bow the left wrist, the longer hitters will have it into a bow. Not a bad thing to work on if you hit the ball high and short. Impact is something that is very different.
Mirror Drill to Practice Impact
To practice impact, you go to a mirror, you get yourself into a really great impact position, you can look up and check yourself, see if you can get into a really strong position where you are hitting against a strong left side.
Then on the range you can go from this impact position and actually swing, it is just a drill because there are problems in setting up like that if you continue to do that, there are a lot of angles in there. We would like you to start in a much more balanced position and go into an impact position.
Just like in throwing a baseball you would not start with your arm like this even though it is going to be there as you throw it. you are going to let your arm go back and into a throwing position. Same thing in golf, you are going to go from 50/50, to backswing, to impact where you are going to be 70 five percent, 80 percent of your weight over to your left leg. It is a position you go through. That drill, starting at impact with small swings can give you the idea of how to get over to your left side and get into a stronger impact position.