Let’s discuss Low Point as it relates to a golf swing. There are many misconceptions about Low Point so let’s try to clear up a few points for you.
Why is Low Point critical?
So, the clubhead has 3-dimensional motions. From the ‘overhead’ view the clubhead moves on an arc. From the ‘face on’ view the clubhead moves in a circle. Study the diagram below carefully:
To start, the proper 3-dimensional motion of the clubhead through impact is known as ‘DOWN, OUT, and FORWARD.’ – Let’s repeat that again. DOWN – OUT – FORWARD
And the big part is that this is the motion THRU impact! The club does NOT stop at Impact, the “work is NOT done at Impact you MUST continue the motion Down Plane to the Lowest Point!
When looking at the Geometry of the Circle Diagram, you will see that a properly executed swing will have the ‘Low Point’ opposite of the golfer’s left shoulder. That means that if the swing is properly executed, the clubhead will reach its lowest point at a spot that is opposite of the golfer’s left shoulder. When we place the ball behind the Low Point, when we hit an iron we are supposed to hit the ball FIRST — THEN take a divot. The divot winds up being IN FRONT of where the ball used to be. In order to do this, the clubhead on the downswing comes down at the ball with a descending angle of attack. It then hits the ball and then continues DOWN even more.