In Golf, Clean Contact Is Everything

Golfers want to hit good shots. Shots that take the ball where they want it to go. Sounds pretty obvious. The mistake golfers make is in not focusing on the result of the shot is putting the cart before the horse. What golfers must be concerned about, perhaps the only thing they should be concerned about when it comes to ball-striking of any kind, is clean contact.

There is a virtual instant, 5 milliseconds, 1/2,000th of a second, in which the clubhead is in contact with the ball. Geometry of the point of contact and the speed of contact is all there is to hitting the ball. The lessons you took were all designed to increase your chances of getting the correct geometry in place to that you could hit a shot you could play with.

Let me say this in a different way. Once I thought that my goal was to be able to hit the ball straight on command. Now I believe that my goal is to put the clubhead on the ball the same way and in the correct alignment. Making that conceptual switch has made all the difference in my improvement.

You want to see first-class ball striking? This is what it looks like:

This is the 9-iron that belongs to one of the pros at my range.

Get this by slowing down your swing until you are hitting the ball off the center of the clubface. It’s that easy to do. Just slow down.

Don’t worry about losing distance. The center of the clubface is Distance Central.

If you’re willing to work at it like this, and it will be work, then you will be able to play boring golf — drive, iron, putt, putt (repeat seventeen times).

My new book, The Golfing Self, now available at It will change everything about the way you play.

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