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Comment from Gerrit L
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10/26/2014 at 3:19 AM
great tip especially that you touch the ground not at the divot you made but after that, if I understand it well. Thanks Gerrit
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Question from Alan R
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10/25/2014 at 9:42 PM
great tip, but my swing at the ball is always much shorter than my practice no matter what I do.
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Abart
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Comment from Dan B
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10/25/2014 at 9:19 PM
Nice simple tip and a very nice looking swing. Thanks.
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Comment from Anonymous
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10/25/2014 at 7:35 PM
Just the tip I was looking for. I will try it and report back.
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Comment from Glen R
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10/25/2014 at 7:28 PM
Very good point you made about our practice swing might feel and look great, but if we don't know where the divot was taken then we don't know if it was a good practice swing or not.
Thanks!
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Comment from Anonymous
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10/25/2014 at 7:27 PM
I will try this is my practice swing and let you know. Just the tip I was looking for.
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Comment from Anonymous
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10/25/2014 at 7:24 PM
Great tip....Thanks. Sometimes I feel like I release too soon and hit fat. I hope this helps. Mike F
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Comment from Richard P
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10/25/2014 at 5:55 PM
A easy and simple tip

Thanks
Richard Patrick
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Comment from Anonymous
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10/25/2014 at 5:39 PM
A simple but very effective tip
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Comment from Anonymous
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10/25/2014 at 4:58 PM
Thanks for the great tip. I've always had trouble hitting the ball correctly. Such a simple explanation is just what's required for someone at my level of golf. Far too often we get so much information, for example, keep the head down, keep the arm straight etc etc. and the mind boggles. Very impressed with this tip and I know it will take a shot or two off my score. cheers Paddy
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Comment from Anonymous
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10/25/2014 at 4:55 PM
Great tip.....will put to immediate use.. thank you
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Comment from Harry T
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10/25/2014 at 4:53 PM
Sounds simple but many golfers could end up taking many practice swings before hitting the ball which could certainly cause a lot of slow play.

This tip with its advice does not not really help as to what to do and how to achieve the desired results ...

Have a nice weekend and I am sure there must be more to come in relation to this video..
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Answer from MacGyver
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10/25/2014 at 5:30 PM
That's the point of the practice. You teach your self how to touch the ground in the right place. You make adjustments to do it.
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Comment from Anonymous
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10/25/2014 at 4:48 PM
Comment Mike B cheers Joe all these good tips coming our way, thanks
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Comment from Charles G
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10/25/2014 at 4:15 PM
So simple, so obvious....why didn't I ever think of it? Super helpful, thanks
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Question from chris s
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10/25/2014 at 4:04 PM
This hard for me to imagine. If I take a divot beyond the ball, where is the base of the club at impact? Seems like it would be above the centre of the ball, nowhere near the turf below the ball?
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Answer from Jim G
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10/25/2014 at 4:42 PM
Nope. The angle of attack is shallow enough that the club face hits the ball and then the swing bottoms out just beyond the ball. This is hardly a new concept.
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Answer from David J
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10/25/2014 at 4:43 PM
If your divot is a thin "bacon strip" or you are just brusing the grass in front of the the ball (desirable with longer iron shots) then the front edge of the club will be below the ball's equator which is all that is necessary to "hit down" on the ball. Huge divots indicate steep angle of attack.
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Answer from Thomas H
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10/26/2014 at 3:24 AM
Chris, the optimum goal for a divot is to have it's bottom (i.e., the bottom of your swing radius) at 4 inches in front of the ball. What you have described is exactly what you want: to strike the ball first, then the turf.

To explain, take your 7- or 8-iron to the sand bunker and make a good, easy swing that leaves a divot in the sand (no ball at this point, please). Now look at the divot you just made and find the lowest point in that divot. That is the bottom of your swing radius. You want that bottom to be after impact with the ball.

Now place your club head - with the toe and heel along your target line - just behind that low point. Place a ball at the heel of the club head. Step back and take a look at the relationship between the ball and the position of that swing bottom. The ball will be about 4 inches behind the swing bottom. That is what you want to achieve: a clean strike of the ball with the face and the swing radius bottoming out after impact. To achieve this goal, we have to have our weight forward and forward shaft lean with hands in front of the ball at impact.

That explains the goal to help you visualize, while you are working with your swing to actually get that result. It also gives you instant feedback on your execution: where is the swing bottom in comparison to the ball? What Joe is demonstrating above is a quick practice swing when you are playing a round to help reinforce this goal before you make your swing.

Hope that helps! Thomas.
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Comment from Bob P
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10/25/2014 at 3:56 PM
Great tip Joe. Practice swings are important. It is too easy to let ourselves get careless on those.
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Question from Anonymous
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10/25/2014 at 3:46 PM
great tip Joe. If you're not making the divot in front of the ball, what does one do to make it happen? Change ball position?
Or make practice swings until you get it?
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Answer from Jim G
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10/25/2014 at 4:44 PM
You might try moving the ball slightly back in your stance. In any case the hands have to be leading the club into the ball with the shaft leaning forward at impact
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Answer from Glen R
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10/25/2014 at 7:08 PM
Make sure your LOWER body weight shifts left at the start of your downswing. It can even start the shift before you reach the top of your backswing. The majority of your lower body weight has to be left at impact with the ball. You need this along with Jim's advice. Good Luck.
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Comment from Brian T
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10/25/2014 at 3:46 PM
Great on course tip look forward to using it , thanks
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Question from Anonymous
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10/25/2014 at 3:43 PM
How do we take a divot in front of the ball?
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Comment from Steven S
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10/25/2014 at 3:42 PM
Steve from N.J.- Great tip Joe. I'll be using it for sure.
Thanks,
Steve S.