Ross Metherell: The impact bag

THE impact bag is one of the simplest but most effective training aids any golfer can have.

IF you've been playing golf for a while you've probably seen or heard people talk about using an impact bag to help their game.

The impact bag is good for a whole host of reasons, the main one being, as the name suggests, it helps teach you what good impact feels like.

You can buy an impact bag from almost any golf shop or on line or you can make your own fairly easily if you want to.

Just get an old bag and stuff it with paper or rags or even some old carpet and you'll get the same result.

Just make sure it's either heavy enough not to move or make sure to put something behind it to support it.

The drill I'm going to show you today is a really good one for players who get out of position at impact with the arms disjointed from the body and out in front.

It's a common position we see with the amateur player and it really robs the golf swing of power and consistency.

For this drill we only want to use the trialling arm so take your lead arm and rest it on the opposite shoulder.

Now take your normal backswing and come back down into the impact bag. Don't be afraid to give it a good thump, it's what it's made for.

You can see in the video how when swinging with just the trailing arm we get a nice solid position at the point where we'd be striking the ball.

Combine this with actually giving the bag a whack and it's a great way to ingrain the feeling of good positions in the golf swing.

It's one of the simplest training aids you can have but I recommend every golfer who's moderately serious about their game should get themselves an impact bag.


Ross -Metherill

Ross Metherell is a former player on the Australasian and European tours and has won a number of titles including two Western Australian Opens, two Nedlands Masters and three Western Australia PGA Championships.

He represented Australia in the 1979 World Cup and in more recent years has played on the European Seniors Tour with numerous victories.

Ross has also had an outstanding career as an elite instructor and is one of the most sought-after coaches in Australia.

He has coached at Australian Institute of Sport and Golf Australia elite training camps for many years and was the West Australian State Coach from 1984 to 1999, where he worked with a number of top players including Craig Parry, Wayne Smith, Roger McKay, Chris Gray, Kim Felton, Brett Rumford, Stephen Leaney, Greg Chalmers and Jarrod Moseley.

Ross is a AAA-rated PGA member and has won a number of awards including the West Australian Government's Coach of the Year and an Australian Sports Medal in 2000.

You can book lessons with Ross at Collier Park Golf Course in Perth either by phoning the Pro Shop on (08) 9450 6488 or by email collierparkgolf@iinet.net.au

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