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Why You Need This: Today, you'll discover "Hit Solid Irons With This Right Wrist Move | Precision Impact"
Whether you’ve heard it called “forward shaft lean” or simply “getting the hands ahead of the ball at impact”...
...there’s a chance you’ve struggled with it, or maybe don’t quite understand it...
...but, it’s crucial to getting the most out of your clubs!
Today, I’ll show you, step by step, how to get into the perfect impact position…
...including the right wrist angle (that almost everyone gets wrong)...
...that will increase your ball speed and make all your shots go farther (with the same swing speed)!
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Instructors Featured: Clay Ballard
Video Duration: 10:05
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Clay Ballard: Now I’ve got something I don’t want you to miss out on, I want to mention it before this video.
We talked with Mike, the owner of Precision Impact, and he’s worked out a special deal with us for Cyber Monday. It’s a very short, limited period of time that you can get this special offer.
Normally, the price is $129.00, he’s knocked it back to $99.00, but it’s only for a limited time. So if you do decide that you want the Precision Impact, make sure that you take advantage of that right now.
Let’s jump into the video.
Now I know when I started learning golf, and when I was trying to get really good at golf, I was never taught how to pros get into impact. It’s actually extremely different at set up.
At set up, most pros are something like this. At impact, they’re at a totally different position, much more like that. Well, I have a step-by-step drill showing you exactly how to do that, and let’s jump right in.
What I want you to do first, is just stand straight up and down. Take your right arm and put your elbow right into the side of your body, so right here into the side like it’s going to hit you just above your hip.
It’s actually going to hit your body. That’s that tucked elbow position that we all want in the downswing. Now from there, we’re going to put our palms straight up and down.
Instead of being the side like this, actually move the palm until it’s in line with your belly button. This would be essentially what’s going to be forward shaft lean here in a second, or getting the hands in front of the club.
Now I’m going to go ahead and grip up on it just with my right hand, and I’m going to go ahead and lower this. If this is parallel with the ground here, I’m going to lower it about 20°, just like that.
Then I’m going to bend my right wrist back as far as I can, basically 45° back for most players. I want to make sure when I do that, that the face is vertical, straight up and down.
This would be a closed club face, meaning that the leading edge of the club here is now pointing down to the ground. This would be an open club face.
The reason I mention that is, when most people do this, it’s much more comfortable. I can sit here with an open club face all day long. My wrist is completely relaxed. When I square the face up, that starts to get near the end of my range of motion, but that’s completely fine.
Now from there, I’m going to rotate my body, so I’m going to shift my weight to the left, so the weight is over the left foot.
I’m going to rotate, so notice how my right foot starts to come up off the ground, my right heel starts to come off the ground. My hips are now rotating open.
The only thing moving my club forward is my body rotating. I’m not moving my arm across my body, I’m taking this position and rotating my body open until I’m here where the club would be where the golf ball is.
From there, I’m going to go ahead and bend down. So if I had my shoulders like this looking down the line, this would be right side bend, this would be left side bend this way.
I’m getting in right side bend until my club actually reaches just above the golf ball. From there, I’m going to go ahead and let my right arm come off my body slightly and now I’m reaching the golf ball.
Now this is the impact position. Most people would say, “Well Clay, that’s definitely not right, look how far open your chest is. That’s never going to work.”
Well, that’s exactly right. The only difference is when I add my left arm, that’s going to square up the shoulder and I’m exactly where the pros would be there at contact.
The one thing that almost everybody gets wrong is this angle. That huge angle, look at the middle of my body, my club is way over here at impact.
That feels wild for people. Getting this right wrist back is dang near impossible feeling for most players to have, but that’s the most important thing you can do to hit the ball well.
That’s what allows my hands to get in front of the golf ball. Notice how this would be a flat right wrist, this would be my right wrist angled back, and that’s what allows me to really compress the heck out of that.
So an 8 iron loft is somewhere around 36°, 37°. It depends on the set that you have. Pros are turning that down to the mid-20s.
Now the loft at impact is called the dynamic loft, if you look on the screen here, you’ll see the little number for dynamic loft.
If I get that right wrist angled like it’s supposed to like the pros are, I’m going to be really consistent and you’re going to see that number somewhere near the mid-20s.
There we go, decent shot there, 28° dynamic loft. I may even want to crank it back a little bit more than that.
The more that I lean this shaft forward, the more loft it takes off the face and now that’s hitting it with a flatter face, it’s going to have higher ball speed, it’s going to go farther, that’s why the pros can hit it so dag-gone far.
I’ve got a training aid that actually makes this really easy. Let me show that to you now. Here I’ve got my Precision Impact training aid.
I’ve just had this thing for a few weeks, I’ve been testing it out. I’ve got to tell you, I really like it. I’m going to take a second here to put this on, I’ll be right back.
Once I’ve put this on, I tighten two straps so it’s against my forearm, that keeps this part on my arm. Then when I bend my wrist back, you’ll hear this clicking.
So if I go ahead and bend it all the way back, it’s bent my wrist. If I try to push my wrist this way, I can’t push it, it keeps that angle there.
If I want to release that angle, I just pull up on this tab and it will go right back. But as soon as I bend it back again, it doesn’t work.
If I bend this back with my hand to pretty much my full range of motion there, that’s exactly what we did when we had this middle iron, I had an 8 iron here, and that’s what I did with my right wrist angle that we just went over.
Notice how that matches up perfectly with what I did when I bent this back the whole way. Now from there, I can just train that and I can get this forward shaft lean.
From here what I’d like for you to do, with this training aid it works really well, is I bend that all the way back. I go to impact with a ton of a shaft lean.
So this is just a little practice drill, and I go ahead and hit a few little chip shots and it feels a little bit weird. It’s supposed to feel weird. This is really just exaggerating what you’re doing.
But here, I want to feel like when I’m doing this, instead of having my hand throw away or try to come off this, I want to actually feel like the back of my hand is putting pressure on this pad all the way through impact.
So I almost feel like I’m clicking it more when I come through impact. You’ll see my loft, my dynamic loft, I said the pros are at mid-20s, that was 12.7° there, so this is really exaggerating that forward shaft lean that you’re going to get.
21° on that one. I can just hit some little chip shots, obviously my set up position is way off here, but that’s going to exaggerate me getting the initial feel of how much I have, how much I should have, to hit it like the pros.
Now, we’ll put a link down below in this video. You don’t have to have this training aid. You can do the exact same thing with the drill I did earlier, this just makes it a little easier to feel that.
If you buy from that link, we get a few bucks, helps us to keep making great content for the website. I’ve got to tell you, I really like this thing. I’ll give it a rating at the end of this video to see how it stacks up with my other training aids, but this is pretty solid.
The second video I’m going to do with this, or the second drill, is now I’m going to set up with my normal set up after I felt that originally, and as I come through contact, I’m going to go ahead and have this click in the downswing and then have that come through the shot like that.
You’ll notice, I’ll be quiet here as I’m swinging, and you’ll start to hear that click around here and it keeps clicking as I make my downswing.
There we go, and I probably could have done a little bit more, same thing the dynamic loft, so that’s 28°. Pros are probably around that 26° to 27°, but that’s completely fine for doing these drills.
I would go ahead and exaggerate it even more and more until I could see that just a bullet, really low, penetrating shot.
Finally, I’d go ahead and make a full swing and the only thing I don’t like about this training aid, it’s a little difficult to put on, and when you swing through, as I get that angle, if I’m swinging toward the camera, I never can release that angle.
I have to kind of do like an abbreviated-type finish and I really can’t let that wrist come off. In the normal follow through, the wrist should actually be able to bend the other way and flatten out.
It’s a little awkward in the finish, it’s not exactly right, but this problem is so hard for golfers, I just don’t think you can exaggerate it enough, to be honest with you.
So I don’t mind the follow through being a little bit abbreviated to get that initial feeling for it. But man, you’re going to hit some low stinger bullets.
This thing feels great when you first start to deloft it enough. There I felt like I even threw it a little bit. Sometimes it is a little weird.
That’s another thing that I’m not the happiest about with this. Sometimes it gets a little weird, you start thinking about the clicking too much. You lose track, and you may hit a bad shot.
That’s OK, just slow it down, get the feeling. This is really just to get you the feeling of this, it’s not necessarily to say I need to hit 100,000 golf balls doing this.
I need to get the feel a few times like the pros have it, and then from there, it will make my practice a lot more productive.
Now I’ll give you an overall rating of this training aid. I’m going to put that at a very solid 7.4, I think it’s a very solid training aid.
A few limitations on there where it gets a little bit weird in the backswing, and it kind of distracts you from hitting shots. That’s going to be a limitation for some players.
The follow through, not being able to do that exactly right, is a limitation. But I’ve got to tell you, a 7, anything in the 7s is a really great, solid training aid.
I’d highly recommend it, especially for the players that kind of stand up and flip, tend to get this angle happening, this thing is going to help you to take your game to total other level, just make sure you do enough reps with it, and you’ll really start to get the hang of it.
So, what can you do from here? Well, I big part of that, when I start to shallow out that club and get it from the inside, that’s that same right wrist move.
In squaring up that face, is that same right wrist move, too. That’s exactly what I teach in The Move section of the Top Speed Golf System.
If you go to the Instruction tab, if you’re a member of Top Speed Golf, click on that TSG System. Then click on The Move, and we’re going to work on exactly what we talked about here, shallowing out that club, getting it from the inside.
That ties in exactly what we do with tons of lag in the swing, and releasing it out in front. That’s a fantastic place to start.
If you find yourself flipping to square the club face up, shallow it out, get it from the inside like the pros, and hit those draws that you absolutely love.
Now, a great video that ties in with the one we just did here is the Tennis Racket Drill, video 1.2 from The Move section, where I go over a little trick on how to square up those wrists the right way.
Again, working on this right wrist angle, and that’s going to pair up great with what we talked about here today. It’s going to make tons of sense with the impact position we’ve talked about.
I challenge you to head over there and watch that one video today, I know when you do, you’re going to be hooked and you’re going to start hitting it better, and you’ll finish out the rest of The Move section.
Best of luck, and I’ll see you over in the Tennis Racket Drill in The Move section.