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NCGA.ORG | SUMMER 2018 49 I N S T R U C T I O N THE IMPACT-POSITION STICK DRILL "People try to hit at the ball with their hands," Shaheen Iqbal said. "They end up hitting it fat, so many shots fat." To counter the instinctive tendency to add too much hand action to a swing, Iqbal has players work a static drill with two alignment sticks arranged vertically. The first stick is inserted into the ground just behind the ball and rises straight up to indicate ball position, and the second alignment stick rises toward the player's abdomen. In the photos, Sebastian holds a pose with his hands in the proper impact position ahead of the ball, as clearly seen against the vertical alignment stick, with most of his weight shifted to the left side. His hands pass over the second alignment stick. "This is just a drill to teach you where the hand position should be compared to the ball," Iqbal said. "Then you remove the stick to hit balls and try to get your body and hands into the same position, to teach them where they need to be. … You work on the same thing until it can just naturally happen." Sabrina said the drill helps reinforce the proper positions at impact. "It's something I work on a lot, especially on shifting weight because I don't ever want to be too much on my right side," she said. CHIPPING WITH THE HANDS AHEAD Iqbal uses the same hands-ahead static drill to help players get their hands ahead of the ball with pitches and chips. The vertical stick indicates the ball position, and Iqbal wants the player's hands ahead of the stick at impact with her weight on her left side to encourage a downward strike. After grooving the feel of the position, players can remove the alignment stick and then strike the ball. "In chipping, people unhinge their right hands too quickly and hit the ground first," he said. "It's a natural tendency to try to hit at the ball. … You don't want to drop your right hand too fast, and you want to hang onto (the club) and rotate. It's the same as a normal golf swing, just a smaller version of it, much more compact and precise. "The more weight you have on the left side while chipping, the less likely you are to hit a fat shot."

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