Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 766 - Wednesday May 31, 2023
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"15 Minutes of Body Action Drills Are More
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Tom's Featured Tip: Intentional Focus - Fat Hits

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Intentional Focus - Fat Hits

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Intentional Focus - Fat Hits

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

Intentional Focus - Fat Hits

I recently had a student that was hitting all of his irons fat - striking the ground before he hit the ball.

I explained that the three most common reasons for hitting the ball fat are:
  1. Not enough weight on the forward side at impact.
  2. Releasing the hands too soon, which lengthens the swing arc radius.
  3. Insufficient pivot.
Ordinarily I would then identify the exact reason for his fat hits, then do a few drills to overcome the issue. That does work, but recently I found an easier and better way to solve the problem.

Sometimes we are too quick to rush to technique correction, when a simple shift of focus can do the job.

We used Intentional Focus (closely related to the external focus concept) to resolve his "fat hit" problem.

Intentional focus works by identifying a point of focus before you swing, then your brain and body make technique adjustments automatically to accommodate your thoughts.

It worked like a charm, the student hit about 10 punch shots in a row, and 8 of them were pure "ball first" strikes.

I didn't just jump in and try this out on the student before I proved to myself that it worked. I have played a few rounds of golf this year and my ball striking has not been up to par. At my handicap level I expect a certain percentage of good strikes when I play, and I was falling short.

Then in my normal course of studying golf, I ran across some intentional focus research, and decided to try it on myself.

I did this at the range with a small bucket of balls and various irons, with the objective of producing a shallow divot after impact.:
  1. Just before my backswing takeaway, I focused on a spot on the ground about two inches in front of the ball on the target line (where your divot should be after a good ball-first strike), with the intent of having my club make contact with the ground at that spot after impact.

  2. Before my actual takeaway, I shifted my vision to the ball as usual.

  3. Then I executed a good swing.
After two or three swings I was striking it as pure as ever, with a nice shallow divot occurring after ball contact. And the good ball striking carried over when I played as long as I went through the same brief thought process before every iron swing. On a couple swings, I intentionally did not go through that process to see what happened, and my strikes were not quite as crisp.

So intentional focus is a keeper for me, and it likely will be for my students with that problem too.

Try it, I think you'll really like it.

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"Clear Intentions Simplify Execution"
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All the best,

Tom Tucker
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USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
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Cell: (716) 474-3005

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