Find the low point in your golf swing

Find the low point in your swing

Good ball striking is essential if you want to hit consistent distances. John Jacobs explains how you can find the low point in your golf swing for much better contacts.

If you want to improve the quality of your ball-striking, it makes sense to find the low point in your golf swing. Understand where the club is at its lowest and you’ll know exactly where to position the ball for crisp, pure contacts. It’s crucial if you want to shoot low scores.

The first drill is to place a tee peg on the ground in the middle of your stance – using a mid-iron. Now make a series of swings. Is the club striking the ground before or after the tee? This is a great drill to help you find the low point in your golf swing and it should come just after the peg.

Find the low point in your golf swing

To understand why the club might be bottoming out too early or late, think about your golf swing as a see-saw. At the top of the backswing the see-saw should be tilted away from the target as your weight settles on your back foot. Then, in the finish position, the see-saw should be tilted in the other direction, with your weight on your front foot. If you can time this weight transfer well, you will make better strikes and the bottoming-out point will consistently be in the right place.

Find the low point in your golf swing

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Minor Adjustment Drill

Another great drill to help you manipulate and find the low point in your golf swing is this: place three golf balls in front of you – one on the ground, one on a low tee and one on a high tee. The aim is to hit all three balls the same distance using a mid-iron. This requires you to make minor adjustments to your low point to find the contact you need. By keeping your posture solidly set throughout the swing, you will be able to make sweet strikes no matter how the ball is lying on the course.

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Try these two great drills in practice to find the low point in your golf swing. Some simple adjustments might just transform your game from the fairways.

Neil Tappin
Digital Editor

In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."

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