Positioned for power: Address and impact
By T.J. TOMASI
Even today, some antiquated instruction preaches that impact should mirror your address position, but this is obviously not correct. Three areas of major importance are illustrated in the “view down the target line” photos below: knees, hips and shoulders.
At address, in the first photo, the model’s knees are parallel left of her intended line of flight. At impact, in the second photo, her back knee has moved about 25 degrees to the left of her original line. Notice how her right heel is off the ground at impact as a consequence of this “opening up” coupled with the transfer of weight to her left foot.
At address, her hips are parallel left to her intended line of flight, but at impact, her hips are open. As evidence, only one belt loop is clearly visible at address, while at impact, we can see two. This is proof of a good release of hips that were coiled at the top, then snap open — and that spells power.
At address, her shoulders are parallel to her intended line of flight, and at impact they are open, but not nearly as rotated as her knees or hips. This is a sure sign that she has saved some of the coil she built up on her backswing for release when it counts — through impact.
Insider takeaway: To get the feel of the correct impact position and how it differs from address, sole your clubhead behind the ball, then go directly from address to impact without moving the clubhead. Now hold the position and, using a mirror, compare it to our model’s. If you see and feel the correct positions, your chances of getting there for real are greatly improved.