THE MAGIC ZONE

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Locker Room -

The hit­ting area in the swing is be­tween two points, which I call the magic zone. When the club is par­al­lel to the ground on your back­swing – near hip high – and when the club reaches the op­po­site point go­ing to­wards the tar­get. Pro­fes­sion­als are great in this area even though they might be in dif­fer­ent po­si­tions at the top of the back­swing and fol­low through. The hit­ting area is where the magic hap­pens.

I have a prac­tice drill to help feel the po­si­tion on the back­swing and the po­si­tion through the im­pact area. Stand com­fort­ably and put your hands to­gether in front of you. Bend over from your hips into a golf pos­ture. Then open your arms to the side. To feel the back­swing now put your left hand on to your right. This po­si­tion will help you feel where you should be be­fore you turn to the top of the back­swing. To feel the through po­si­tion, put your right hand on to your left hand and feel you have made a lit­tle trans­fer on to your left foot.

This drill helps you feel these im­por­tant po­si­tions and keeps your shoul­ders rel­a­tively square through the hit­ting zone. This helps with di­rec­tion and con­sis­tency.

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