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Impact Ball Training
by Carly Frost
April 03, 2013

Wherever I can I like to use drills, rather than having to create the feeling for a new swing move myself. The Impact Ball is a very simple and effective training aid that squashes into my golf bag so I can take it with me to the practice ground. I use it for both long game and short game drills as you will see below. It gives me a great way to creating 'connection' without having to feel my arms tucked unnecessarily tightly into my body.
By Carly Frost, in association with Dan Frost, www.frostgolf.com

DRILL 1

When it comes to chipping, simplicity is the key. I like to try and let the loft on the clubface do the job for me. Using the impact ball (pictured) is a great way to build a triangle between your arms, allowing the shoulders, rather than the wrists, to control the chipping motion. If you think about the difference between chipping and pitching, it all comes down to wrist action. Chipping is a non-wristy action. This doesn't mean that the wrists are absolutely rigid, it means you are not trying to initiate the motion from the hands.

1. Set-up with your feet close together, weight 60/40 in favour of the left side, ball position central. Notice how the shaft of the club is not leaning forward too much. It has formed a line with my left arm.

2. Maintaining the pressure formed between the arms at address, simply rotate your shoulders back and through as if you were hitting a long putt. Due to the fact that the shaft is leaning forward and your weight is favouring the left side you will still make a slightly descending blow into the ball without trying to hit down.

DRILL 2:

The impact ball is not only great for chipping and pitching, but it also helps initiate the correct movement to the start of the swing. I like to feel the sensation that my shoulders and arms move away together.

1. Create an athletic, balanced set-up position with your weight distributed evenly 50/50 and your balance through the middle of your feet.

2. Place the impact ball between your arms forming a long triangle with the shaft of the club slightly leaning forward.

3. Start your swing with the big muscles. I like to feel my arms working close together and I say to myself 'turn and hinge' this gets my swing underway on the right plane and allows me to feel both powerful and balanced as I load into the backswing.








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