The Impact Bag is another training aid that most if not all golfers should have to help them with swing mechanics and the all important position we want to be as a golfer at the impact position. The impact position is the “Moment of Truth” for golfers. As a golfer, we can get away with some different moves in the swing aka Jim Furyk and others, but the fact of the matter is at impact all GOOD GOLFERS are in a very similar position. This is where the impact bag can help the golfer working on their swing to feel the proper position needed at impact. It can also help us with swing plane issues and encouraging a more to inside out swing.
As we work with an impact bag it is important to work with a PGA Teaching Professional to find the proper way to use the impact bag and the proper position we want to feel while using the impact bag. In working with my students there are three distinct things that I want my students to see and feel when using the impact bag:
- That most of the weight in my lower body has transferred onto the left leg (for right handed golfers) and that we are beginning to come up off the right foot.
- That our head and thus our upper body is staying behind the bag and thus behind the ball at the time of reaching impact.
- That our arms and hands and leading the club into impact. I want my students to either see a relatively straight line formed from the left shoulder all the way through the club shaft and club head or a slight bowing of the left wrist. This is ensuring that the hands are leading the club into impact meaning we are compressing the ball and hitting down into the ball.
The other way to use the impact bag is to fill the bag with paper rather than towels to make it lighter. This use of the bag will help a student work on swing path, encouraging a more in to out swing path. Set up to the bag and begin by making swings at 50-60% speed compared to normal, swing at the bag with the thought of hitting the bag out to right field. The lighter bag will allow you to swing through the bag and see it fly out to the right. This will help the student to feel the proper swing plane to encourage a more inside to out swing plane.