Why You Need This: Today, you'll discover "How to Get Through the Golf Ball | Stop Hanging Back"
I'm guessing you already know that you shouldn't fall back as you hit the ball...
...but if that's what you're used to doing, it's not always easy to just snap your fingers and stop doing it.
You see, when you fall back in your downswing, it changes where your swing's low point is...
...and leads to a lot of heavy and thin shots.
But, if you can get your weight to your left side in the downswing, you'll have a more consistent low point...
...and your consistency will skyrocket!
In today's video, you'll get a great drill for getting out of your bad habit of falling back...
...and you'll see how your right hip and your left leg can both be keys to finally start making consistent ball contact.
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Instructors Featured: Clay Ballard Michael Derr
Video Duration: 7:24
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Clay Ballard: [laughs] All right. So we’ve got Michael Derr, one of our Top Speed Golf Certified Instructors here, having a little bit of fun there.
We have this divot board, and we’re going to talk about one of the reasons you don’t want to fall back, one of them being that you’re going to hit 12 inches behind the golf ball. That’s actually what happens.
Go ahead and demonstrate kind of falling back there a little bit coming through impact. Your weight ends up going this way, and what it does is it makes your low point way back here behind the golf ball.
Then the club starts to either chunk into the ground and you hit it 10 feet like he did there, or if you save it, if you’re a good athlete, you’ll save that, kind of push the club far forward as you can, and you’re going to hit it slightly thin.
If you’re used to chunking and thinning, this could be the root cause, the culprit on this.
Now, let’s go ahead and do a couple drills to get you moving your weight forward, hitting down and through it every single time. One of the ones that I really like a lot, is just this little squishy golf ball.
It’s not a golf ball, it’s like a little weighted ball, I don’t even know where it’s from. I got it from Academy Sports or something like that. You can use a rolled-up towel, you can use a regular golf ball, whatever you want to do.
Let’s actually not worry about hitting a golf ball yet, let’s just do a couple practice swings. What I want Michael to do here, is put it under the outside of his toe.
You’ll notice how that kind of angles his right foot inward. Now, when you make your backswing, if you have a reverse pivot, go ahead and move the ball and show them the wrong way here, first.
You’re going to slide those hips and notice how the outside of the foot starts to roll out like that. So we both see this all the time, every single day.
That gets you in this reverse pivot type motion and then you end up falling back the other way in the downswing. Go ahead and put that ball under your foot there again.
Now that his foot is angled forward, go ahead and make your backswing real slow. You’ll notice how that right hip stays in when he does that. It’s not sliding over here like this and getting the reverse pivot.
This angle helps that hip to stay in. It also helps him to feel like where that ball is kind of higher on the right side, it’s almost like rolling downhill.
As you start your downswing, you’re going to be getting that weight shift to the left, and here’s a big key.
For people that fall back, as soon as they start their downswing, they start to push off that left leg and their body starts to fall to the right.
So show them the wrong way here again, to where as soon as he starts down, his left leg is going to extend early and then he’s going to fall back on his right side. So you’ll see how he’s just falling back, that’s going to get that divot behind the golf ball again.
What I want Michael to do here on the second part of this drill, after we’ve worked on a few swings with the ball, is he’s going to get a little weight shift to the left and feel like you’re moving downhill, almost like there’s a mountain slope here.
I’m moving into my left side and this knee flexes as I start my downswing. So go ahead and just do that, and kind of pause halfway down. You can see how he’s got his weight shift going to the left.
This knee is flexing as that’s happening, and that allows him to stay in his posture. If you’re looking from the down the line view, notice how he’s not coming up out of his posture here, he’s staying down and covering this golf ball.
Then from there, all you’ve got to do is just go ahead, then you let the leg extend and come on to a good, full finish.
Perfect, there. Now notice how in the finish, left ankle, left hip, left shoulder, or middle of the shoulders, all stacked up.
You feel like you could kind of just stand there and talk to somebody if you wanted to, just perfectly stacked and balanced over that lead foot.
So let’s do a few more now, recapping on it. Ball under the outside of the right foot. As you make your backswing that keeps you away from that reverse pivot.
As you start down, get the weight shifting to the left, get the knee coming down, and then you can go ahead and push up into that left side and make a good, full finish.
If you do that, then it’s going to get this divot in front. Now we started off this video with this training aid called the divot board.
This thing’s really cool. Go ahead and make a good swing now and show them what the divot board is supposed to look like.
There we go. Love that one, that thing smoked. Michael’s got awesome club head speed, see it’s 99.6. Is that a 6 iron?
Michael Derr: Yeah.
Clay: What club is that?
Michael: It’s a 6.
Clay: Yeah, so 211 carry, 226. Can’t promise you’re going to get those results, but that was pretty dag-gone good.
So when I’m looking at this divot board now, this is the cool thing about this. When he fell back, he started turning over these sequins back here at the back of the board. That’s that scooping up on it. We’re not going to do very good if we’re doing that.
You’ll notice on the second one, the golf ball sits here on that yellow dot. Anything that start at the middle of this golf ball to about an inch behind it is perfect.
That’s your perfect divot, that’s going to be cleanly struck. That’s just because you have to hit a little grass right as you’re coming into the golf ball.
If I get too far like toward the front end of this golf ball or farther forward, my divot starts, it’s going to be a little thin.
If I get any farther than an inch behind it, it’s going to be a little bit heavy. So we can sit here and hit shots all day long and just make this in our living room the right kind of movement.
So now, go ahead and try one out. Make a couple swings here just without a ball, like if somebody’s in the living room.
Get rid of the golf ball under your feet, we’re going to make a normal swing and just try these same ideas. Let’s go ahead and see what the divot looks like.
There we go. So that one was really good. You can see again, this divot board, if I’m turning it this way, it’s starting right at the back of the golf ball.
Now he would have hit that one slightly toward the heel, kind of a little off the heel spot, of the sweet spot. That’s what’s so cool about this.
You can see if you’re just practicing with this training aid, you can see if you’re looking down the line here, are you swinging inside out? Are you swinging outside in?
Are we hitting the divot in front, divot behind? All those things you can tell right here from this. Even if you’re hitting off the heel or you’re hitting off the toe like that.
So a lot of cool stuff you can tell just from this one training aid. Now, there’s one thing that I found that really helps kind of tie all this together.
It’s one of the five fundamentals of the Top Speed Golf System. It’s what I call the Power Turn.
Most people know the Power Turn is being the backswing move, so I’m going to get a good shoulder turn just like Michael’s doing here.
You’ve really loaded up. But the big part here, is if you can finish and get the Power Turn in the follow through, where that right shoulder is facing as far down the fairway as you can, it almost guarantees that you get your weight to the front side.
It almost guarantees that you get this divot on the front side of this divot board here. So if you really focus in on that right shoulder, that can be the last link to tie it all in together.
Now for a lot of players, that’s not easy to do. So I teach you that in a series of drills in the Power Turn section of the Top Speed Golf System. What I challenge you to do right now is get addicted to that.
Go to level one, just watch one video from the Power Turn. So go to the Instruction tab, Top Speed Golf System, then Power Turn.
Then from there, just do one video, you’re going to see your distance, how solid you hit the ball, the strikes, the contact is going to get better as you start to work through that.
You’re going to see that your divots even get a little bit better. So just do one video right now, mark down the drills that you’re supposed to do with that video, start to work on those, and I guarantee you’re going to get some positive momentum.
Then as you go through level two, level three, it becomes automatic to where you don’t even have to think about it at all. So go on over to the Power Turn right now.
Do one video from level one, and I’ll see you there.