Golf Instruction Zone: Getting the Club Face Square at Impact

Steve Dresser of the Steve Dresser Golf Academy at True Blue Golf Club in Pawleys Island, S.C. demonstrates a simple drill that will help establish efficiency in achieving a square club face at impact during your golf swing.


Steve Dresser:
I believe it was John Jacobs who said the sole purpose of a golf swing is to deliver a square club face to the back of a golf ball repeatedly, and there are literally thousands of ways to do that. Let’s talk for a minute just about impact itself. Obviously, there’s a lot going on throughout the rest of the swing, but a lot of people don’t even realize exactly where they should be at impact. We often do a drill where we place people in the proper impact position, which would be with an iron. My hands are slightly ahead of the club face. My hips are clearing, and the majority of my weight is already no my left side. You can see the right knee kicking in, just starting to come up off the right heel a little bit.

This is very restricting, but we actually try to get people to hit balls from this position. It really helps eliminate a lot of unnecessary motion. It’ll feel a little bit awkward. You’re going to feel like you’re taking a swing that’s about this big. You might really surprise yourself, how far the ball goes because you’re going to be so much more efficient at impact.