Golf Full Swing Impact Drills to Get More in Golf
Proper golf club to golf ball impact (or the 'moment of truth') is one of the most critical aspects of the golf swing. Engraining the proper impact position and 'feel' of impact into your swing will accelerate your golf swing fundamentals.
To make sure you are making proper contact with the golf ball at the impact position, here are two great golf full swing impact drills that you can incorporate into your regular golf full swing practice routine.
Golf Full Swing Impact Drill 1: Divot Feedback Drill
When executing the golf full swing, many golfers have no idea where their club head position or swing path is in relation to the ball to evaluate if they have a straight swing path, inside to outside swing path or outside to inside swing path. Knowing your swing path can help you diagnose if your swing is too steep (which can cause pulls and slices) or too flat (causing hooks and pushes).
To evaluate your golf swing path, you should evaluate the divot you take when you strike the golf ball. To evaluate your divot, lay down an iron to form target line toward your target and align a marker (such as a ball or tee) in between the target line and the ball you will actually strike. After you strike your ball, evaluate your divot in relation to the marker which can help indicate how effectively you are striking the ball and staying 'on path.'
Remember that a proper divot occurs when you first strike the ball, then the turf and that a crisply hit shot results in a divot that starts after point of ball impact. A straight or slightly inside to outside divot (relative to target line) is ideal and indicates a straight golf shot. An inside to outside divot that points far right indicates too flat of a swing which can cause pushes or hooks. An outside to inside divot indicates an over the top or too steep swing which can cause pulls or slices.
Golf Full Swing Impact Drill 2: Impact Bag Drill
This drill helps establish proper impact position, good body rotation and proper weight transfer throughout the golf full swing. Place an 'impact bag' or golf bag on ground at point of club face to ball impact. Assume and freeze the impact position and press against bag to feel resistance.
Take club back halfway until butt of club faces target line and hold for at least 3 seconds. Then, initiate your downswing slowly, synchronizing hip rotation and weight shift to impact position.
Repeat the above steps for 10 repetitions. Once complete, hit 10 range balls. Repeat 'impact drill' if necessary.