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Bobby Clampett’s Pure Impact

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Lesson 1: My 5 Dynamics of Impact

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Bobby Clampett, a one-time rising star in professional golf, learned the hard way that changing your swing style can ruin your game. Now, Clampett teaches golf focusing only on what’s going on at impact, not the style of the swing. In this video, he introduces his five “impact dynamics.”

SWING THOUGHTS

At impact, your lead wrist should be flat
Get your swing to bottom out four inches in front of the ball
Let your wrists hinge gradually during the backswing
On the downswing, the clubhead should lag behind you
Into impact, make sure the shaft points at the target line
Lesson 2: Impact Objectives
2 Lesson 2: Impact Objectives
  • Why you need a flat lead wrist at impact
  • Using your putting stroke to groove impact
  • How chipping is like the full swing—and not
  • Keeping the swing’s low point forward

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Lesson 2: Impact Objectives

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Now that you know the five dynamics of impact, it’s time to give each one some special attention. Here, Clampett breaks down the first two keys: the flat lead wrist at impact and making a descending blow so the swing bottoms out precisely four inches in front of the ball.

SWING THOUGHTS

Don’t let your lead wrist bend back at impact
Make putting strokes to practice delivering the club with a flat lead wrist
On chips, play the ball back and push your hands forward to pre-set impact
Keep a consistent grip pressure throughout the swing
Let your body turn forward to help the lead wrist stay firm
Lesson 3: Adding Power and Accuracy
3 Lesson 3: Adding Power and Accuracy
  • How to load your wrists in the backswing
  • Storing power: clubhead lag coming down
  • Delivering the club to impact with speed
  • Using the ground to create power

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Lesson 3: Adding Power and Accuracy

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Once you’ve practiced hitting with a flat lead wrist and creating a descending blow, it’s time to move on to the final three dynamics: load on the backswing, clubhead lag on the downswing and delivering the club down a straight plane line. In this video, Clampett describes how the dynamics work together to produce solid impact every time.

SWING THOUGHTS

To maximize power, hinge your wrists all the way to the top
For more lag coming down, try to increase your wrist hinge from the top
Try to maintain your lag as long as you can on the downswing
A tight grip means less wrist hinge and less lag on the downswing
To start the downswing, push into your back instep from the top
Swing through impact with the club pointing at the target line
Lesson 4: Drills for Pure Impact
4 Lesson 4: Drills for Pure Impact
  • Sharpen your ball-striking without a ball
  • Training your swing’s “workhorse”
  • Learning to take a perfect divot
  • How to blend impact keys into one move

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Lesson 4: Drills for Pure Impact

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You’ve learned all five dynamics, so now you need to groove them. The key thing to remember is to not change your swing style, because it’s impact that’s most important. Here, Clampett shows you a series of drills that will help you work each dynamic into your swing.

SWING THOUGHTS

Learn motion patterns using drills, without hitting a ball
Push off your back foot to shift forward, then turn through
Lead the downswing with your lower body, not your upper body
Maintain clubhead lag to push the low point forward
Lesson 5: Impact Faults and Fixes
5 Lesson 5: Impact Faults and Fixes
  • How to store energy in your swing
  • Correcting an early release into impact
  • Moving the swing bottom forward
  • Controlling starting direction and curve

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Lesson 5: Impact Faults and Fixes

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One of the most frustrating parts of golf is making good contact but hitting the ball completely off line. In this last video, you’ll learn why that happens. Clampett shows you where you might be straying from the proper sequence and how to fix it so the ball goes where you want it to go.

SWING THOUGHTS

Fault: Lead-wrist breakdown. Fix: Work on load going back, lag coming down
Fault: Swing bottom too far back. Fix: Identify where you break the sequence
Fault: Incomplete loading of the wrists. Fix: Keep your grip pressure light
Fault: Early release of the lag. Fix: Practice clipping a tee a yard in front of you
Fault: Poor direction or curve. Fix: Square your stance and check ball position

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Lesson 1: My 5 Dynamics of Impact
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Lesson 2: Impact Objectives
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Lesson 3: Adding Power and Accuracy
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Lesson 4: Drills for Pure Impact
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Lesson 5: Impact Faults and Fixes
Bobby Clampett’s Pure Impact INDEX
Lesson 1: My 5 Dynamics of Impact
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Lesson 1: My 5 Dynamics of Impact
  • Why swing-style instruction is flawed
  • The move that all elite golfers make
  • The two must-haves at impact
  • How to generate and apply power
  • Why swing-style instruction is flawed
  • The move that all elite golfers make
  • The two must-haves at impact
  • How to generate and apply power
Lesson 2: Impact Objectives
2/5
Lesson 2: Impact Objectives
  • Why you need a flat lead wrist at impact
  • Using your putting stroke to groove impact
  • How chipping is like the full swing—and not
  • Keeping the swing’s low point forward
  • Why you need a flat lead wrist at impact
  • Using your putting stroke to groove impact
  • How chipping is like the full swing—and not
  • Keeping the swing’s low point forward
Lesson 3: Adding Power and Accuracy
3/5
Lesson 3: Adding Power and Accuracy
  • How to load your wrists in the backswing
  • Storing power: clubhead lag coming down
  • Delivering the club to impact with speed
  • Using the ground to create power
  • How to load your wrists in the backswing
  • Storing power: clubhead lag coming down
  • Delivering the club to impact with speed
  • Using the ground to create power
Lesson 4: Drills for Pure Impact
4/5
Lesson 4: Drills for Pure Impact
  • Sharpen your ball-striking without a ball
  • Training your swing’s “workhorse”
  • Learning to take a perfect divot
  • How to blend impact keys into one move
  • Sharpen your ball-striking without a ball
  • Training your swing’s “workhorse”
  • Learning to take a perfect divot
  • How to blend impact keys into one move
Lesson 5: Impact Faults and Fixes
5/5
Lesson 5: Impact Faults and Fixes
  • How to store energy in your swing
  • Correcting an early release into impact
  • Moving the swing bottom forward
  • Controlling starting direction and curve
  • How to store energy in your swing
  • Correcting an early release into impact
  • Moving the swing bottom forward
  • Controlling starting direction and curve