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New Swing Type: The Drop Shot

May 28, 2011

Today, I’d like to share my thoughts regarding a type of swing that I have seen gain popularity throughout the last few years.  The Drop Shot is seen here and there on the professional circuits, more commonly on the first tee of your golf course, and is even gaining popularity on the junior and collegiate tours.  Oddly enough, this swing is rarely talked about.  Today, I am going to address The Drop Shot. 

You may have heard the drop shot referred to in tennis as an effectively placed short shot on the court played with backspin.  You may have also heard golf instructors referring to a drop that takes place during some golf swings.   These instructors are referring to a drop that occurs during the transition/downswing, or simply from the top of the backswing.  During this drop, the arms feel as though they drop the club from it’s elevated position, bringing the club back in front of the body for an on-plane and powerful delivery. 

The drop I am referring to today is not one of those mentioned above.  Instead, this drop occurs at another point in time when the club is in an elevated position, but this time simply from the finish of the golf swing.  The drop here is one where the club has a tendency to fall to the ground.  During the drop, the club may also hit parts of the upper back, shoulders, or forearms.  Or, it may drop without interference, making its way to a resting point on the ground.  After un-clasping their fingers on the club to initiate The Drop Shot, the very athletic golfer may save the drop by re-clasping his or her fingers in an effort to catch the object subjected to The Drop Shot as it makes its way to the ground.   The wrists and elbows may also un-hinge with vertical force sending the club more upwards before the drop, but this shot – The Projectile – is also triggered by the same cause: a shot that is unpleasing to the golfer.

If you or a loved one suffers from The Drop Shot, contact a PGA Professional for an evaluation of why The Drop Shot is occurring and the steps to go about making solid contact, holding a nice balanced finish with no Drop Shot movement (as Hogan above illustrates), and shooting lower scores.   We know what it’s like out there on the course.  We also know golf is much more enjoyable when it’s played well. 

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Phil permalink
    May 28, 2011 10:33 pm

    At times, I’ll set-up with a pistol grip, leaving the right thumb and forefinger off the club. I’ll then re-grasp those two fingers to create more downswing power. Any other ways to improve grip pressure?

  2. May 29, 2011 8:51 am

    Great post. I began reading it seriously and then laughed out loud through the middle. I thought there was some new shot…but obviously this has been passed down from generation to generation.

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