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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Zach Johnson on Impact (Video)

Since Zach is back in contention at the Sony Open after an uncharacteristically off season, I thought I'd post this very simple drill that summarizes the main strength of his game -- impact.

His drill is just a rehearsal of his impact position. I'm not going to repeat what he says -- his demonstration is far better than I could describe. But I do want to explain why I decided to post this.

I guess most of you know that Zach has a very strong grip (if you didn't, you can certainly see it in this video!) and a flat swing plane (the two generally go together). That strong grip causes him to hit the ball on a much lower trajectory, which is a big reason he's moving up the Sony leaderboard in those gusty winds.

This post is aimed at those of you who play with a strong grip. I admit that I tend to focus on more of a neutral (or even slightly weak) grip in most of my posts, even though I've always tried to 'spread the posts around' and make sure I cover all the bases. So this year I'm going to try and include more of the specialized posts that will hit those of you who are sometimes ignored by conventional instruction.

After all, there are a lot of ways to play good golf. Zach Johnson is a good example because he has never really been considered a world beater, and yet he has 12 PGA Tour wins including two majors -- at St. Andrews and Augusta National, no less. He's going to be in the World Golf Hall of Fame someday. So if your swing looks a bit like his and it works for you, there's no reason for you to change.

And if you want to capitalize on that similarity, then rehearsing his impact position is a great way to improve your game. Two majors say it works!

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