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 at impact 👀 pic.twitter.com/tK33s4Il92
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) November 9, 2018
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.
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