Saturday, 26 January 2019

Low Point Control

  • January 26, 2019

GOLF SKILLS FOR BEGINNERS
Written by PGA Pro, Tom Huttunen

What is low point?

If you can imagine the golf swing as a big circle, then you can visualise that circle having a lowest point. As a new golfer, perhaps the most important skill to learn is how to control that low point so that it coincides with the ball in the best way possible to achieve a proper strike and maximum distance.

What is the best low point?

When hitting a shot with the ball lying on the ground then the best-case scenario would look something like that of the image above. Here we can clearly see that the low point occurs after the ball.
The club is descending and simultaneously colliding with the bottom of the ball and the ground. If the shot is played from grass then a small piece of turf (known as a divot) would be displaced after the ball.

Why is this the best low point?

We want the club to contact the bottom of the golf ball to achieve the most efficient transfer of energy and to allow the loft of the club to propel the ball upwards.
As the club is descending this allows for a clean strike with minimal interference of any grass or ground.
The golfer will be left with a feeling of pure joy as they watch in awe as their ball flies off into the sky!

What is the common mistake?

Often with new starters in the game there is an overwhelming instinct to try and help or aid the ball get up in to the air.
With no clear concept in mind of how to achieve a proper strike, this typically leads to a low point which occurs before the ball (see image below) with the intent of getting the club to ascend into the ball in a hope that the ball will follow suit.



Unfortunately, the result is almost always unsuccessful with the ball bobbling along the ground followed by a feeling of frustration.
This type of strike (ground before ball) is known as a ‘heavy contact’. The shot hardly goes any distance as the club’s energy is depleted after going through the ground to get to the ball.
Another common mishit (pictured below) is known as a ‘topped shot’. This is where the low point occurs too high and fails to contact the bottom of the ball. Again, this will fail to launch into the air and the golfer will be left wondering what it is they did to deserve such a shot!


How do we train low point control?

This is a great question and there are many ways to improve your accuracy and consistency of the low point.
In fact, merely by reading this article you are bound to improve as you will have a clear picture in your mind of what it is that you are trying to achieve.

Here is a quick drill to get you started and even something you could do at home with minimal equipment:
-         Get hold of a golf club and a hitting mat (a nice thick garden mat will do the trick)
-         Place a small item (e.g. broken tee or a tiny stone) on the mat halfway between the middle of your stance and your left foot (for a right-handed golfer)
-         Proceed to swing and attempt to hit the item away by brushing the mat with your club 
This simple exercise will train you to get the low point both far enough forward and low enough to contact the ground. You should then try to recreate this feeling when hitting the golf ball.

Hopefully you found this useful. Please get in contact should you have any questions or would like to arrange any tuition

Tom Huttunen (B.A. Hons)
PGA Professional
Oulton Hall Golf Academy
Tel: 07393351211

I am a fully qualified AA PGA Professional with a BA Hons degree in Applied Golf Management Studies from the highly acclaimed University of Birmingham (UK). This degree is widely recognised to be at the forefront of golf education and provides a holistic approach to golf instruction and the wider golf industry. I am a lover of learning and it is my greatest pleasure to see clients transform their golf games under my tuition!

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"I am a fully qualified AA PGA Professional with a BA Hons degree in Applied Golf Management Studies from the highly acclaimed University of Birmingham (UK). This degree is widely recognised to be at the forefront of golf education and provides a holistic approach to golf instruction and the wider golf industry.

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