Yes, I know, another counter culture rant from The Mad Bomber.
I will let you in on a little secret.
Almost every golfer hits down on the ball too much.
Since I got my Flightscope I have had around 50 people hit on it. Guess how many have a natural swing that doesn’t fall into one of two categories?:
1. People with an angle of attack more than 8* down with a 6-7 iron (and even more with wedges). Considering the tour average is around 3* and around 5* for a wedge, that’s pretty steep.
2. People who are so steep from getting their upper body forward to hit down on the ball or pulling the handle to get lag from a backswing that is too long… that throw the angle away and come in shallow or they’d be 10*+ down.
That’s right. 47 out of 50 hit down on the ball too much.
Let me add. I have had several be down 12*-15*
Let me scare you even more. Many didn’t take divots that were particularly nasty.
Here is the fun part. The ones who cast the club, actually found some semblance of face and path control…where the steep ones were spitting out crazy numbers. Paths double digit degrees left and right and club face angles double digits off the path left and right.
Hold the lag just became that much worse. That’s why you see these 50-70 year old golfers who chuck their right wrists at it and slap it out there straight every time. While all the pretty lag holders that are hitting down to compress the ball, fight the shanks 3 times a year.
I’d even venture to say most “scooped” chips are a result of beginning the transition by getting steep to hit down on it and the body panicking.
Those of you who have read my blog for a while and have seen my videos will say I knew this stuff already…that is not quite true. I knew this stuff, but was not aware it was so heinous.
The more I study the swing, the more I realize that total beginners have a better inherent understanding of what to do, but have no frame of reference on how to hit the ball correctly.
Guess what is happening with people who have overactive “hit impulses” and the “I got quick” crowd?
Why do people who whip it inside so often come over the top?
While knowing nothing is universal, especially in golf, I bet the root cause of many of these issues, and many more, are rooted in the deep held belief that started the first time we were told…”You need to hit down on it.”
For those who think I am promoting hitting up on it and casting the club…read it again and buy my wedge video. 😛