How To Stop Chunking The Ball

How To Stop Chunking The Ball

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In golf, there are many factors that can affect your swing and your overall performance. In this episode of Golf Swing Tips with Mike Labella, he shows you how to avoid a common golf swing fault thats leads to chunky shots. 

Swing Radius

Let's start with the radius of the swing. The radius is the distance from the club head all the way to your lead shoulder. If you decrease the radius on the backswing, you will need to increase it on the downswing. This will result in inconsistent strikes on the ground and clubface at impact. To avoid this, it's essential to maintain a consistent radius throughout your swing. By doing so, you'll be able to maintain a consistent strike on the face and ground.


The second key factor is where you are at impact. Specifically, is your weight forward? If your weight is forward, where is your lead shoulder? Is it working back, or is it working down and around? The ideal position is to have your lead shoulder over or slightly ahead of your lead ankle. This way, you can draw a straight line from your shoulder down to your ankle. If you put the ball in the correct position and maintain your radius, you'll be able to swing through impact and have your hands over your lead foot.

How to Stop Chunking Drill

To practice these two factors, you can try a little half swing drill. Start with your left arm parallel, and swing through to two arms parallel. Make sure your weight is forward and that you're not shifting too much to the left or right. Finish all the way around fully extended, so it feels like you're maintaining the radius throughout the entirety of the swing. By doing this drill, you'll be able to maintain your radius, get your weight forward, and have your lead shoulder through your lead ankle.

Remember, there are three keys to avoiding the chunk shot: maintain the radius, get your weight forward, and have your lead shoulder through your lead ankle. These factors will help you achieve a solid strike and consistent results. Practice this drill with both half and full swings to improve your overall golf game.

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