Whether you’re swinging a Driver or wedge, the key to a proper and smooth release is to swing down and through, without trying to actually strike the ball itself (which will make you ball-oriented and prone to reacting to it instead of just swinging).
I’ve talked about how you don’t swing at the target, but you also shouldn’t swing to “hit down” on the ball with irons and wedges either – down and through in one continuous motion is the way to get your best results.
Below, I’ve shown how, whether you swing iron or Driver, your swing bottom is always in the same place (below the leading shoulder and around the leading foot, if you have the proper setup), and you just move the ball to get more loft on it:
Now, if you watch my MCS setup with two different ball positions (9 iron vs 5 iron), you’ll see that everything I do with my setup takes care of the descending strike:
9 Iron – Address & Impact
You need the hands leading the ball into impact with every club except the Driver (or sometimes metal woods when hitting off the tee instead of Driver), and I take care of that with setup and ball position, not manipulation.
In both swing gifs, you see my hands leading the ball at address and also at impact, exactly the way the model is designed to perform.
I’m not trying to hit down on the ball, but rather just down and through, letting the loft of the clubs and the ball positions do the work:
5 Iron, Address & impact
Everything I talk about in the MCS setup with regards to measurement and the location of the hands – all you’re doing is adjusting your stance width and the ball position, and the motion is the same for every club.
This is much easier to work with rather than having a Driver setup and swing vs an long iron vs short iron/wedge setup and swing.
This is why the only training tool** I use is the SwingRite, which I’ll swing at various speeds from very easy, not even trying to “click” it, but just working on setup and mechanics, all the way to full, all-out swings on harder and harder settings.
**Note: I do swing my Momentus Heavy Iron and sometimes the Kettle Bell, to keep my muscles toned, but for swing mechanics, all I use is the SwingRite.
I keep my motion the same, whether I’m visualizing a wedge, iron or Driver swing. The only things I’ll vary are the stance width and shaft angle depending on the ball position I’m envisioning.
And that, my friends, is the easiest way I know to train and ingrain a proper swing motion!
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