The first in a series of instructional articles by Keith Handler, PGA
PGA professional Keith Handler, has written an interesting series of instructional articles, the first of which which appears here on the Sterling Farms Golf Shop website. Keith published this article in April of this year, and gave me a heads up as to where I could find his hard work, which I found quite useful, especially for the beginner, who is lost.
In Keith’s first article, entitled Solid Contact, the great competitive PGA golf professional presents a well-described explanation as to why it is important for golfers to avoid trying to “get under the ball”.
“If you’re trying to get under the ball,” Keith explains, “you will continue to struggle with miss hit (heavy/ thin) shots. Where the club hits the ground would be called the low point of the swing. To hit that really pure shot, the club hits the ball first, then the ground. The best players in the world all have in common their ability to control the low point, or bottom of their swings,” Keith explains.
Keith not only describes the problem, but gets into the solution too.
What to do: (Assuming right handed golfer, using any iron or wedge)
Step 1: Setup with pressure on the big toe of your left foot, weight forward towards the target.
Step 2: Make a few practice swings striking the ground on the way through.
Step 3: Hit the ball first, and then the ground with the center of the clubface!
“Pretty quickly,” Kevin explains, “you should start to get the proper feeling for a pure shot. More importantly, you have an understanding of how to produce that pure shot again and again, avoiding those miss hits.”
Keith provides a visual to help golfers understand the concept, with “a picture of an expert player demonstrating low point control of hitting the ball first (where the white line is) and the ground second, where the divots are!
In his series of articles, which I’ll reprint here, Keith says: “Each piece of information that follows is going to help improve this first fundamental. We will continue to add detail on how to effectively go about controlling the low point, making pure contact!”
Sterling Farms Golf Course offers a variety of instructional programs to help you become a better golfer:
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