How To Hit Down On The Golf Ball
What goes down must go up. Huh! Does this make any sense to you? It doesn’t to most beginner golfers, who are often surprised that they don’t need to hit the golf ball up in order to get it up. Learning how to hit down on the golf ball may sound like a contradiction but it is the key to launching the ball into the distance.
If you are lost in a trance and brainwashed into thinking that you need to hit the golf ball up, in order to get it going up, you need to break free of this today.
This article will go further into revealing why you need to hit down on a golf ball, as well as how to actually do it.
If you take a closer inspection of the golf club you will see that the clubface is angled back, so initially you may think to hit the ball you will need to slide the clubhead underneath the lower part of the ball in a sliding motion. This may seem like it makes sense and is the correct way to hit the golf ball but it is not.
The clubface has been specifically designed so that the golf ball is struck on the downswing. This motion will cause contact to be made with the clubface just prior to the club as it reaches the bottom of the swing arc. Once the ball is hit, it will compress and then decompress, spin rapidly backwards, and start climbing into the air.
Correct Technique To Hit Down On The Golf Ball
Step One – Stand with feet shoulder width apart and position the ball in the middle of your stance. This is the optimal position for the club to strike the ball just before the bottom of the downswing arc.
Step Two – Make sure the clubface is square to the ball and the edge of the head of the club is parallel to the playing ground.
Step Three – Choose a spot to target about a quarter of an inch behind the ball. When you are going through your swinging motion you need to make sure that you do not move the angle of the clubface when it makes contact with the ball. So look down at what the optimum position feels and looks like so that you can keep this a constant when you swing.
Step Four – As you start your backswing, do so with a ninety degree or greater turn and do not tense up on the downswing otherwise you will only slow down both the speed and power.
Step Five – After you make contact with the ball, look down at the green and check the divot to see if you have correctly hit down on the ball. The bottom of the golf club should have made contact with the ground first and then the ball.
Hitting down on the golf ball will take practice to master completely. Don’t think you will get this right the first few times that you hit the greens. You need to dedicate yourself and play as much as possible in order to learn how to hit down on the golf ball and do so successfully.