You may have heard the term “Low Point” before, in regards to the golf swing. Low point is a vital element to control, and this article explores exactly what it is.
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Swings and Circles
If you were to trace the trajectory of the clubhead throughout the swing, you would see it is quite circular/elliptical.
The lowest point of this swing circle is defined as the low point.
The white part of the swing circle is the low point.
Changes in Low Point
The low point in a golf swing can change in many ways. It can;
- move up and down (depth change)
- move towards/away from the target
- move in/out (towards/away from your feet)
All else being equal, a low point position that is deeper will tend to make a deeper divot, contact the ground farther back, and produce strikes that are higher on the face.
A low point that is higher/less-deep will tend to make a shallower divot (or none at all), will move ground contact forwards (until there is no longer any ground contact), and make strikes which are lower on the clubface.
Shallower (semi-transparent) and deeper (opaque)
The low point of the swing can shift towards or away from the target too.
low point (black line) can shift towards (green) or away from (yellow) the target
All else being equal, a low point that is farther forwards will contact the ground farther forwards. It will also produce a club path that is more in-to-out. Having the low point farther forwards also increases the steepness of your attack angle.
A low point that that is farther back (all else being equal) will contact the ground farther back, produce a shallower angle of attack, and will tend to shift the path of the club more out-to-in.
In/Out (Towards/Away From Golfer)
The low point can also shift towards or away from a golfer’s feet. This is a rarely talked about element, but relates to face strike issues (heel/toe) and even depth control issues.
From a golfer’s perspective, looking down at the ball on the ground. The low point of the swing can shift farther from (yellow) or closer to (red) their feet. Notice how the ball is struck on the part of the arc before the low point is reached.
When the low point shifts farther from the golfer, they will strike more towards the heel of the club, and in most cases will also see a lower strike on the face.
A low point that shifts closer to the golfer will see more of a toe-biased strike pattern, and have a tendency to see a higher strike on the face (and maybe more fat shots along with it).
Improve Your low Point Control
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Confused! I swing too much in to out and hit a lot of shanks. I tend to take shallow divots or none at all. I tend to hit fats, thins, and hooks and tops with fairway woods when I miss. I have trouble getting ball first contact. I have a lot of trouble rotating through the ball. My swing is anything but out to in!
Hi Jim, – if you made your low point more forwards by shifting laterally, you would help solve the strike issues, but it would make the path more in to out.
Mark van Haagen
as usual I enjoyed your blog. Thank you! I am just struggling with the “low point further forward, swing path more in-out” and “low point further back, swing path more out-in”?? I would have thought, it would be the other way round?? But maybe it was only a mistake?!
Thanks again, keep up the good work!