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To all intents and purposes, the golf swing is a circle viewed from the front end where the camera is, it’s just a big circle that goes around the body like this and it has a middle point and it also has a bottom point. Now, the bottom is the important bit for golf, because that’s generally where the ball is going to be and we need to make sure that when the club comes down towards the ground, it bottoms out in exactly the right place.

Now, sometimes the bottom of your swing is not always exactly where the golf ball is. So, when we are hitting something like an iron, let’s say, 9-iron, we might play the 9-iron from the center of the stance, the bottom of the arc is not the ball, the bottom of the arc is after the golf ball, so we hit the ball then the club will carry on downwards and take a divot. So, most of your iron shots are played where the lowest point, the bottom of the arc, is after the golf ball. We hit the ball, then we hit turf.

But there is a couple of different shots where the lowest point of the swing is actually before the ball and this is actually two ends of the bag, the longest club in the bag, but also the shortest club in the bag. The longest club in the bag being the driver would have the ball on a big tee bag, will have the ball lifted up, it’d be by the front foot, now when we hit a drive we generally hit the ball on the rise, on the way up. So, the bottom of the swing is a couple of inches before the ball and the club is moving upwards.

We can get away with that, because actually the club never hits the floor. It might skim the blades of the grass, but it never actually touches the ground and the mud. So, it hits up on the ball. The lowest part of the swing is prior to the golf ball. The other end of the bag hitting a sand wedge particularly hitting a sand wedge after the bunker, the lowest point of the swing is before the golf ball again.

So, we have the ball in the sand and we hit the club into the sand, the bounce angle on the base of the sand wedge helps to stop the club digging down, kicks the club back up and scoops the ball out on a nice cushion of sand. So, having the low point of the swing before the golf ball in the bunker and with the driver, that’s one way of looking at things. The other way is having the low point after the golf ball for most of your normal iron and possibly even hybrid clubs, the low point would be level after the golf ball.

So, there is two different ways of thinking about low point. The easiest way for you to look at the low point for yourself is to stand on the ground, on the range mat and just swing the club and just see whereabouts you hit the floor and then think about leaning back, you’ll probably see the low point move back, then think about leaning forwards, you will see the low point move forwards. And that’s a really easy on the standing of how you can control your low point without changing anything else in your swing, just moving your way body weight around to control your low point of your golf swing.