Let the Club do the Work!

How many times have you heard that one?  But what does it mean, and how do I put it into action?  To me, “let the club do the work,” means allowing the manufacturer to do the heavy lifting when you swing a golf club.  Someone spent a lot of money on R&D designing a sweet spot and distributing the weight on the head of a club. And most players create a movement through the ball that neutralizes all that design effort.  What a pity! I suggest incorporating an intention to hit two balls, whether the ball is on the ground or on the tee.

When the ball is sitting on the ground, let’s first acknowledge that our intention is to hit down on the ball and create a divot, with the divot being in front of the ball.  Watching PGA Tour players, it’s not uncommon to see big divots flying through the air as they follow through. Even a divot the size of a quarter will suffice for the average player, provided it is in front of the ball.  Most commonly, even better players cannot resist the urge to help the ball in the air by pulling up through impact, often resulting in thin shots. If you can relate, try to incorporate the mental image of not only hitting the actual ball, but also hitting a second ball (or even a third) sitting directly in front of the actual ball.  Stay down through impact — that fraction of a second is critical and often is the difference between solid contact and a glancing blow.

When the ball is sitting on a tee, picture a second ball teed up slightly in front of (and a tad “outside”) the first.  Stay down and EXTEND your arms to hit that second ball. You might even try the visual trick of swinging at the second ball (the one closer to the target) – theoretically, you can’t hit the second ball without striking the first and it may give you  just the impetus you need to stay down through impact and to make contact in the center of the clubface.

The head of R&D will thank you…