Updated: Oct 23
The impact with the ball, the true knowledge of the game!
After 26 years of coaching in which I was lucky enough to follow players of different levels, in various contexts, from club competitions to major tour competitions.
I can say with certainty that if there is a quality, a specific skill that makes the difference in the game, it is the ability to catch the ball exactly in the center of the clubface. In what is called the sweet spot.
It sounds simple, predictable, but in fact at the end of the day everyone has gone in this direction. We can hear many different theories regarding technique (some even unorthodox), be fascinated by a type of player and try to imitate him, but in the end if we pay attention well, the real point is that if you don't hit the ball well in the center of the club in golf you don't improve.
This is demonstrated to us by 600 years of history of the game, sometimes opposing educational philosophies, players with improbable swing but multiple winners, club builders who have always tried to make the center of the club more playable and powerful, biomechanics who seek optimal sequences to reach the crucial moment in an ideal way. All indiscriminately seeking to improve the quality of the impact!
Think about it, how many times exactly do you hit the center of the clubface? Hard to say, isn't it? I can tell you that the greatest ones in history, from Hogan to Niklaus, from Tiger to MCILROY, all said that in one lap they could take a handful of hits exactly in the center of the clubface, that often in a round at that level, two hits taken perfectly in the center make the difference in winning a Major!
I quote Ben Hogan : Like most professional golfers, I have a tendency to remember my poor shots a shade more vividly than the good ones- the one or two per round, seldom more, which come off exactly as I intend they should.
Characteristic that good players have is that other players can find the best impact in many different situations, while changing the playing area, club, terrain. It is a skill that comes from practice, from a good dose of coordination but especially from the knowledge of the real fundamentals of the game, acquired with a methodology of practice aimed at a few concepts but understood very well. Concepts that we tried to clarify in this presentation and that we wanted to combine with the use of JollyGolf.
We could not think of giving life to a tool that was just a tool to be used at random, we wanted to give life to a real path of improvement linked to clear principles for everyone.
We are aware that practice is the Achilles heel of many players, not only because time is short, but especially because it is difficult to organize the path to be done from a technical point of view. You get lost in details, you often lose references and get confused. We believe that this is a good opportunity to take a step forward, combining a tool like JollyGolf with a practice methodology.
Luca Salvetti PGA Professional
NOW PUT YOURSELVES TO THE TEST!
To give everyone a more precise indication of this irrefutable principle, I invite you to
do a little test to verify it, take some powder spray or one of the stickers to apply to the center of the clubface that are on the market or if you have the opportunity to book a session with a launch monitor, it can be a clubfitter or a Pro.
The TEST : Pull 10 shots with the 7 iron, 10 with the driver, even 10 putts at about 10 m. from the hole.
Example of a ball hit with JollyGolf and without JollyGolf using the spray !
Develop this kind of awareness !
Then look at the result, sometimes it can be quite surprising. You should see a small bubble in the center of the clubface, but it's not really like that! You will notice that you hit in several places on the clubface, sometimes near the toe and sometimes near the heel.
And this is exactly what highlights the inconstancy of the game of all of us, including champions, we find it hard to be repetitive in our gestures.
And this inconstancy is the result of a lot of micro-movements that we can hardly control!
This is the reason why we have you in the execution of the tests made to try different golfclubs, we wanted to make you understand how the impact is the denominator in each shot. Some would say that all this is quite interesting and that's why the JollyGolf is functional to your improvement! It guides you in acquiring a more effective technique to improve the IMPACT WITH THE BALL!