Golf Pro Tip: Analyzing the Bottom of Your Swing
Are you wondering how you can up your golf game and lower your score? PGA Pro Rea Schuessler offers tips on making the most of your swing.
A Word From Rea
When on the lesson tee and observing a new student who is not a raw beginner, I always analyze their fundamentals, but also watch where the bottom of their swing is. Research conducted by former PGA Tour player Bobby Clampett while working for CBS has proven that regardless of swing style, the bottom of a tour player's swing is four inches past the ball. For every inch a golfer's swing bottom backs up, their handicap goes up four to five points. That is a pretty significant finding in my opinion.
Improving this one aspect of your swing can truly help you enjoy this great and challenging game. All you do is simply place a tee in the ground where the ball would be, make swings attempting to clip the grass or make a divot, and see where your swing bottom is. If it's in front of the tee consistently after at least five swings in a row, this important swing dynamic is better than most. Remember a tour player's bottom is four inches in front of the ball. Strive for that, and you have one very important component of the golf swing heading in the right direction.
Practice when you have time and enjoy the challenge of this great game!
Rea Schuessler, PGA
Gulf Shores Golf Academy
Director of Instruction
AimPoint Express Certified Instructor
US Kids Certified Instructor