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Comment from: dgun [Visitor] Email
Very good post. Thanks.

I have always been a "sweeper" I suppose with all of my irons. Recently a Monkey told me to try hitting down at the ball with my "short irons". :)

I just got back from the driving range trying this and I was impressed at how "cleaner" and more solid the shot felt and I picked up distance and more loft it seemed.

I did not try this downward swing with my long irons, but what you say makes perfect sense.

My question is, if I abandon the sweeping type of swing with all my irons, what adjustments, if any, do I need to make in my setup? Would I need to play the ball a little further back in my stance?

08/17/08 @ 20:23
Comment from: Golf Made Simple [Visitor] Email

Thank you for your comment.

A major key to becoming a good ball-striker is to understand that your "Center of Gravity" which controls where your club will hit the ground at impact. If your "Center of Gravity" is behind the ball at impact you will hit the ground before you hit the ball - unless you compensate so that you don't hit the ground first - which causes many Golfers to become lifelong "Sweepers" of the golf ball. And "Sweepers are Weepers"

If your "Center of Gravity" is in front of the ball at impact your club will go through the golf ball first - creating solid impact and more backspin.

At this time, I can't tell you if you need to move your ball position for a couple of reasons: 1. I don't know where your ball position is right now. 2. Everybody is different - there's not one ball position that's correct for everyone. The best way for you to find this out is to test it out at the practice range (like you did before writing to us). Or you can always visit one of Golf Made Simple's 7 locations in Florida, California and Arizona.

08/19/08 @ 10:36
Comment from: darren hay [Visitor] Email
This article is a breath of fresh air!!! Its the best golf article ive read in a long time and I feel the need to comment, I dont usually it has to be said. Ive been hitting down on my irons for a while now but have crossed to the sweeping action a few times as I notice when I hit down the golf ball has a tendency of swinging right. This is so frustrating as I know this is the correct swing to have but lose alot of shots as I tend to miss the green right. Please, any advice would be much appreciated. Im from the home of golf Scotland and love playing the game.
10/09/08 @ 09:29

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