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Improve your impact position to avoid big numbers

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TULSA, OK - AUGUST 09: Tiger Woods wipes his face alongside his caddie Steve Williams during the first round of the 89th PGA Championship at the Southern Hills Country Club on August 9, 2007 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)  - 

Chesson Hadley made his name known Sunday by claiming a win in the Tour Championship on Dye’s Valley Course at Sawgrass.

The two-shot victory was more than enough to secure his spot on the PGA Tour next season.

Hadley impressed not by dominating the field in any statistical category, but by being rock solid in almost every category.

The one stat he did dominate: tying for first in the field by having no score on any hole be more than a double bogey.

Big numbers can be a big problem for many golfers, and there are many scenarios that can lead a player to post a high number on a hole.

However, I believe that by mastering your impact position you can make solid contact more often, which will hopefully reduce the chance of you shooting high scores.

There are several important keys to achieving a good impact position, but one aspect of impact that I see several players struggle with is their weight shift.

It is very important that you have more weight on your lead leg (left leg for right handed golfer) at impact.

So how do you know if you’re getting enough weight on your lead leg at impact? Here’s what to look for and what you can do to fix it.

• Hitting the ground before the ball and/or pulling your shots (to the left for a right-handed golfer) can be a result of having too much weight on your trailing leg at impact. A quick fix I see many players attempt is to change their ball position by moving the ball closer to the back foot at address. This may work a few times, but eventually you create another set of problems if the real issue isn’t corrected.

• Practice the lead leg only drill. Put all of your weight on the lead leg and drop your other foot back behind you, using your toes for balance. With the ball positioned just inside your front foot, hit shots using only a half swing. Focus on making contact with the ball first and then the ground, while maintaining balance on your lead leg. Then transition to a normal stance and ball position, but continue using the half swing while focusing on good contact and your weight being on your lead leg at impact.

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