Bobby Clampett's Impact Zone Golf definitely worth a look
To no surprise, on a recent Maui golf trip, I found myself struggling with my golf swing. As it would turn out, I took with me on this journey, a copy of Bobby Clampett’s Impact Zone Training System Golf DVD. Still in the original wrapping, I figured if I was struggling with my swing a little, why not break it out? So I did.
In some ways, this is basic golf. But for most folks, it’s anything but. The general idea behind the instruction is that if you want to hit shots like the guys on tour, you have to hit ball first, then turf. We’ve all heard that, but what does that really mean? Clampett, a TV analyst and PGA Tour winner, goes on to define this concept even further in that what you want to do is hit the ball first, then take a four-inch divot in front of the ball. This is, in fact, the moment of truth in the golf swing. It really doesn’t matter what the rest of your swing looks like. Accomplish this at impact, and you’re golden.
In the first of four DVDs, Clampett demonstrates this very concept by doing impressions of some of the most famous swings in golf history – Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino and Gary Player. They all have very different looking motions, but each of them looked the same at impact – and they won more than their share of tournaments.
Anyway, so after a suspect round on the Plantation Course at Kapalua, I broke out the DVD and absorbed as much as I could that night before my next round. It was no surprise, of course, the next day, when I continued to have problems with my swing. But a round later, at the Experience at Koele on Lanai, some of this stuff started to sink in. I was actually playing respectable golf again. I can’t say I had it all figured out, but it was starting to come back.
Of course, subsequent rounds have yielded slight set-backs, but more and more, some of the concepts in the DVD are starting to find their way back into my golf swing.
My point is that none of these instructional DVDs are a one-shot deal. First off, most people won’t have the benefit of someone else monitoring their progress. And secondly, trying to implement changes on your own can be extremely challenging, especially when you’ve just watched a four-DVD package.
What I liked about Clampett’s instruction, though, is that it really isn’t gimmicky. It’s fundamental, but it goes about explaining those fundamentals in a new and different way. And in Clampett’s world, there are five key dynamics: a flat left wrist (for righthanders); four inches in front of the ball; loading the club on the backswing; clubhead lag; and straight plane line.
There were two other points that I really picked up on. One was that you have to turn your hips at impact if you’re going to accomplish the four-inch divot. Sure, there are other ways to play golf – and most amateur chose the other ways – but if you ever want to be a good ball striker, I’m convinced the body must rotate ahead of the club.
And secondly, tension is killer. We hear that all the time, but in order to get the hands ahead of the clubface at impact, you have to relax. You can’t get forward shaft lean if you’re trying to force a handsy release – or worse yet, flipping your hands.
Oh, and all this stuff works pretty good in the short game, too, which is exactly how Clampett introduces these concepts.
In short, if you’re a mid-handicapper looking to get to single digits, or a single digit who wants to refine your golf swing, you might want to give this a try. It can’t hurt.
The Impact Zone is priced at $89 per set at www.impactzonegolf.com.
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