Our clubs have been specifically designed to enable you to locate, train and perfect the optimal impact position and control the club face through impact. We have prepared this simple instruction leaflet to help you to use the clubs in the way in which they have been designed.
The Optimal Impact Position
In the optimal impact position your hands are ahead of the line of tension. Your hands lead the club head through the ball, with your weight already on your lead foot. The ultimate benchmark here is to ensure that the low point of the club head arc (your divot) should be on the target side of the ball. This prolongs the amount of time that the club head travels down the target line and means you are compressing the ball at impact.
The DST Address Position
The DST Address Position closely replicates the optimal impact position. This strips out the need to perform complicated movements during the backswing and downswing to get rid of a negative lag angle created by a concave lead wrist, which is formed in a conventional address position. By starting from an address position where the shaft and your lead arm are aligned with the lead shoulder it also builds a muscle memory of a position that you want to closely replicate during impact.
At address pre-set your hands in a forward position that you want to closely replicate at impact. The only difference between address and impact is that at address you are pre-setting your hands and arms only. Whereas at impact you should allow your weight to move laterally onto your lead foot and your body to rotate towards the target. At impact your hands and arms will return to a similar position as they were in at address.
Hand Position Alignment Marker and the amended sole angle
The DST clubs incorporate a Hand Position Alignment Marker (HPAM) which is a grove which runs at an angle down the front of the hosel. When the HPAM is aligned with your nose and is also aligned with the leading groove on the club face, and the club face is square to your target line. (see image) you will have located your hands in the optimal address position. In this position your hands are forwards from the center of your body, towards the target, by about 5 inches. The DST clubs have also been designed with an amended sole angle. The sole is wide and flat so that it naturally wants to orientate itself horizontally on the ground in the set up position with the shaft of the club leaning forwards, towards your lead shoulder (which is the center of the club head arc). In this position the HPAM will point to your nose.
Using the DST Compressor for the first time
Many golfers will be learning a new movement which may take a little time to master. It’s all about learning a new feeling and sensation - you don’t even have to hit shots with the clubs to benefit from the feeling that they promote. So don’t be tempted to run before you can walk. Set up in the address position with the HPAM pointing at your nose. Make sure that the white painted leading groove on the club face is in a straight line with the HPAM. Ensure that you are not opening or closing the club face. The leading groove should always remain square to the target. Memorise and get comfortable with this hand position. Then return the club to the same position through impact but with your weight transferred to your lead foot. We recommend that you start by making practice swings with a chipping motion to learn the feeling of leading your hands through impact in front of the club head. Once you develop a feeling for the club then elongate your swing from a chipping motion to a pitching motion to a three quarter swing and then your full swing.
Taking a divot before the ball? OR higher than normal ball flight and pulled?
Problem: Your body stalls its lateral movement towards the target and your hands are forced to flip prior to impact. The HPAM points towards your trailing shoulder at impact and your hands are behind the line of tension. The result being added loft to the club face and so a higher than normal trajectory, and typically the club face closes and the ball is pulled.
Solution: In the down swing let the weight of your body move laterally onto your lead foot and allow your body to rotate towards the target. Keep your hands ahead of the line of tension at impact, with a flat lead wrist.
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Good luck with your game.