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Set Up For Powerful Strikes

By Darren May Photos by Carlos Amoedo
August 21, 2012

If you study the best players' address and impact positions you'll see many similarities. With right-handers, their right side is usually lower than the left because their right hand always grips the club lower on the handle. Knowing this, you can rehearse a proper impact position when you address the ball.

Take a look at my setup. You'll see that my hand positions on the club produce a low-high relationship with other points on the body: My right shoulder is lower than my left, as is my right hip. Notice, too, that my stance looks like a backward-K.

This tilt is important because it encourages a shallower angle of attack and a swing path that comes from inside the target line. Those elements help maximize clubhead speed and promote ball-first contact.

Feel as if you're returning to this low-high relationship at impact, and you'll strike the ball with a lot more power.

Darren May teaches at The Bear's Club in Jupiter, Fla.