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Smith uses an impact bag to
improve his point of contact, and it also helps his backswing by forcing him to focus on using his core to turn.
“It gets me in a really strong
position at the top,” Smith said. “When you’re going to hit that bag, you have to be in such a strong position at the top of the swing to be able to level a blow.”
The impact bag also keeps Smith from standing up and spinning out in the downswing.
“Your hands are ahead of the ball, and your head stays back,” Smith said. “It almost feels like you’re
keeping your back to the target while you move into the ball, like you’re pushing against someone who’s pushing against your back,
as your hands move down.”