Golf Impact Position like Camilo Villegas: Golf Lesson by Herman Williams, PGA

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Herman Williams, PGA Professional Golf Instructor in North Carolina, explains the secret to Camilo Villegas' winning golf swing at the Honda Classic this year.

This online golf lesson video discusses Camilo's ability to hit controlled punch shots, stingers and knock-downs. If you want to hit piercing iron shots, take a divot past the ball and stop slicing while improving your power, this video is a must-see. There is also some introduction information about the golf grip and the golf swing takeaway which you might find helpful.

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Herman Williams Golf says:

@secretogolf Not sure what you mean by left hand position there, but I’ll
assume you mean at impact with no forward shaft lean, perfectly neutral
with original loft. I actually think that is fine especially for most
amateurs who tend to swing at lower speeds and struggle to get longer clubs
lofted. Most of my clients are scooping, adding loft so i will work toward
the typical Tour position with a leaning, slightly delofted shaft at impact
knowing they will probably not actually achieve it.

Curtis Walton says:

lots to work on …thanks again

Herman Williams Golf says:

@secretogolf ok – I think I get it. Most player’s hands come back slightly
higher at impact than address. I’m fine with it as long as it’s not too
excessive (ie less than a 2″ difference) and lie of clubs is fitted

gmonkey808 says:

Hi Herman. Two things I would like to share with you and your subscribers.
1. As a golf novice if i keep the thought of pressure on the shaft as you
describe I sometimes have a habit of pushing the club out to the ball. This
causes me to shank. 2. The other impact fault I have is that my head gets
infront of the ball. I think this causes me to push the ball right?
Sometimes push slice. Is that likely? When im concentrating on hitting down
and maintaining pressure the above errors creep in.

1664Louis says:

@hermanwilliamsgolf Thanks for the reply Herman, I tend to find I get the
club trapped across my body through impact so trying to work on that at the

Tuck1030 says:

Another great one from the HERMANIZER!!

viola128 says:

great lesson. I will try it the next time i am at the range. This seems to
be the problem for my irons. thx

Herman Williams Golf says:

@maddogmoloney72 thanx … this move is a little tricky for some but great
if you can work through it and figure it out

Michael Gaglione says:

Herman, is it the same thought with woods and hybrids off the fairway? Just
don’t take any divot after the ball?

D Biddle says:

Awesome. More videos would be even more awesome!

brad stecklein says:

most pros do take the club away like that with body pivot, but i think
there are other options. i need to feel almost as if i’m fanning the face
open with an early set as the club moves up plane. the more students i see,
the more ways i discover there are to get to the mall!

maddogmoloney72 says:

very helpful,thanks.

1664Louis says:

Great video! I recently had a lesson from a local pro which really screwed
me up from what alot of people are teaching in the release. He basically
had me drilling a feeling of almost a block release, a kind of body release
which to me as someone who sliced the ball was very difficult to understand.

Herman Williams Golf says:

Correct. The ball position will be slightly farther forward for woods &
hybrids, so the clubhead angle of approach levels out near the ball anyway.
Keep the same overall swing feel but the shaft will not be leaning as far
forward on the long clubs and thus will not be as delofted at impact – more
of a level sweep. Keeping that wrist flat through the ball is the real key
and don’t be afraid to let the clubhead turn over – you won’t hook it if
your hands stay in front. Great question. Herman

Herman Williams Golf says:

@1664Louis I understand. Tour players and guys that hook the ball may do
better with a “body release” and quiet hands, but most golfers will do
better to get the hands more active. Once you start hooking simply speed up
your body … don’t stop using your hands. Good luck and thanks for
commenting. – Herman

Herman Williams Golf says:

@viola128 thanks for the compliment I hope it helps.

Herman Williams Golf says:

@larrycarlton60 thanks. I’m in the middle of my busy season now but I’ll
try to have some more new stuff out soon. Herman

Herman Williams Golf says:

Gmonkey, thanks for commenting. Your observations are accurate and fairly
common. When head moves past ball, you’ve altered the location of the hub
or center of your swing which changes the swing path & the timing of
closing the face. Keeping pressure on the shaft is tricky because you must
be sure the pressure is not so much outward. You start the downswing with
club moving down behind you and keep the pressure downward. Body turn will
kick it outward. See my “right wrist video for more.”


I need a whole set of those large “practice irons” to play with.LOL

geansai333 says:

I’m 39, playing for 25 years, and I never before thought about, or realised
how much my left wrist cups at the top of the swing. I now have that awful
feeling of trying to fix it, ‘manually adjusting my arms/wrists’ brings
unwanted emphasis to my arms etc, and away from my core, which is something
I like to do. Are there other drills to help me kill this? this vid is
already helpful. I found your vids by googling ‘left wrist golf swing’ btw.

Herman Williams Golf says:

@secretogolf It certainly could. Hogan was cupped at the top on purpose to
prevent any chance of a hook and increase lag. Then he could aggressively
rotate the forearms in the downswing and end up at impact with a slightly
bowed left wrist. Without his athleticism, timing, work ethic, etc. I
recommend most people try to get the wrist flat much sooner (i.e. top of
backswing) so there is not so much to accomplish in downswing. Just make
sure grip, wrist position & downswing move fit together.

Herman Williams Golf says:

Have you checked out my video series on grip, flat wrist and release? It
should help. – Herman

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