Do your best to emulate Tiger's impact position


Tiger Woods provided another dominating performance at Firestone Country Club, winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (for the eighth time) by seven shots Sunday.

Whenever you crush the field like Woods did, you clearly have more than one thing going well for you in your golf game.

What impressed me most, however, was Tiger’s ball-striking. He was tied for second in greens in regulation, sixth in driving distance, and a much improved stat was his driving accuracy at 62.5 percent, which was tied for 11th in the field.

The key to good ball-striking is getting the club and your body in a good position at impact.

Check out some keys below to a good impact position and how you can practice making great impact:

• Flat lead wrist at impact. Every good ball-striker, regardless of their swing style, impacts the ball with a flat lead wrist (left wrist for the right-handed golfer). Most poor ball-strikers struggle when the lead wrist breaks down or flips forward toward the target. For iron shots, your lead wrist will be flat if you can take a divot in front of the ball instead of behind it.

• Slightly more weight on your front foot. Your lower body should begin your downswing, which will transfer your weight into the lead leg (left leg for the right-handed golfer) at impact. Try standing on your lead leg only (you can drop your back foot back and touch your toes to the ground for added balance) and practice hitting the ball. Start with very small swings and gradually build up to about a half swing.

• Use an impact bag. One of the greatest teaching aids ever invented is the Impact Bag. There are many different ways to use the bag but my favorite is to put your club on the bag at address and try to push it along the ground in a straight line. It is very difficult to push the bag without getting the club and your body into a good impact position.

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