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Sergio Garcia

What you can learn from Sergio’s incredible impact position

Elite coach Dan Whittaker explains what we can learn from watching some of the world's best players. This week: Sergio Garcia and his iron play
 

Let’s have a look at what Sergio does best, thump his irons onto the green…

Sergio creates so much lag. And with that comes a downward angle of attack into the ball. He’s actually trying to trap the ball and the club stays in the ground that bit longer.

This is likely to happen with a player that holds these wrist angles until so late.

You will rarely see this position on tour, let alone in the amateur game. Observers on the range say that Sergio’s shots make a different noise at impact to the rest.

Even with the driver, it’s not unusual to see him tee it down low  and take a little divot.

Sergio Garcia

What to practise: I wouldn’t necessarily recommend trying to create the angles we see from Sergio.

What I would like you to look at is where he makes impact with the ground: it’s a significant distance ahead of the ball.

Work on getting the low point of your swing to be a little later. And keep the clubhead behind your hands.

Try putting a tee peg in the ground after the ball. Make sure you hit it after the ball.

It should really help you achieve a descending blow and sharpen up your ball striking.

Dan Whittaker is an elite golf swing and performance coach based at High Legh. For more information, visit his website

Tom Irwin

Tom Irwin

Tom is a lifetime golfer, now over 30 years playing the game. 2023 marks 10 years in golf publishing and he is still holding down a + handicap at Alwoodley in Leeds. He has played over 600 golf courses, and has been a member of at least four including his first love Louth, in Lincolnshire. Tom likes unbranded clothing, natural fibres, and pencil bags. Seacroft in Lincolnshire is where it starts and ends.

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