Steve Elkington - Line Of Compression

Steve Elkington explains the illusion of the line of compression.


The principal of golf is the line of compression. There's all kind of illusions in the world. The biggest one is that the sun comes up in the east and goes down in the west. It's just an illusion. It doesn't do either. The Earth's moving. So we have our hands here in what we would call address hands. And then we have what we call impact hands.

Those impact hands right there, to me, look like my hands are really far forward. OK? But from the viewer, you'll see that that's just a 90 degree angle. And I'm going to prove that to you. So there's the 90 degree angle. So what you have to learn to be a good golfer-- it doesn't matter how old you are or what inclination you are, what your handicap is.

If you hit this board right here with what we call the line of compression, that ball will fly every time. Most everyone thinks this is square, that's a 90. From my angle, that looks like a 90 degree angle to me.

But I know that is. That's the true one right there. And that's what we're up against here. I'm coming down-- I know that that spot is right there. If you hit that spot, line of compression, your ball's going to fly, all day every day. This is not going to fly.