Why You Need This: Today, you'll discover "How To Hit The BALL FIRST Then The Ground EVERY TIME"
If you were to make a list of the most frustrating things that can happen during a round of golf...
...up near the very top would HAVE to be hitting chunks or thinned shots.
They can absolutely ruin a round, or if they happen often enough, they can crush your confidence.
If you want to virtually eliminate those frustrating shots from your game, you HAVE to consistently hit the ball first on your way to hitting the ground.
In today's lesson, Professor "Q" will show you a simple way to do this...
...and hit has a LOT to do with your left armpit (if you're a righty).
Check out this great drill now and finally understand the major key in making ball then turf contact.
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Instructors Featured: Quentin Patterson
Video Duration: 11:25
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If you wanna be a consistent golfer, there's really one thing that you have to do really well, and that is make ball first, then turf contact every single time. Now, I have a great visual in drill for you that's gonna make this very simple. So what we wanna understand is that this club works around our body in a circle, right?
And there's a bottom point to that circle, often called the low. And you can think of the center of that circle as being your left shoulder socket or your lead shoulder socket for the lefties out there, right? So I need the bottom of this circle to be ahead of a few inches, and I need it to be slightly below the ground, right?
So that means that I'm actually going to be hitting the golf ball on a downward angle of attack while my, uh, my club's still working down to the bottom point of the. It's going to hit the ground pretty much at the golf ball, then it's gonna work into the ground, and then a few inches in front of the ball, that's gonna be the low point of my swing.
And then the club's gonna start to work up out of the ground. And that low point of the swing is gonna be slightly below the golf ball. Right? So that's the visual that we want to have, is that the circle is happening there. Now, when I see people really struggle with chunk shots, what's happening is that circle.
Is occurring too far before the golf ball. You see if my circle, if my left shoulder's back here and my circle's happening here, it's happening like right in line with the golf ball. Well, the only thing I can really do is just pick it right off the turf. If you're a picker, then odds are you, your circle is happening right at the golf ball and your best case scenario is to pick it off the turf.
You're likely gonna be hitting a lot of thin shots and a lot of chunk shots cuz if you hit much of the turf at all. That that circle is gonna be getting into the ground before the golf ball, right? So if I wanna make bald and turf contact, I need the circle to be in front, the low point of the circle, to be toward the target a few inches.
And I need it to be slightly below the golf ball in the ground. And a lot of times, if I'm way too far away, right? Way too angled away, I'll miss the turf and then I'll top it. So if you're struggling with topping, this is also probably a major issue for you. And this occurs with every club in your bag, any club that you are hitting off of the.
If you are struggling, chunking, thinning, topping, most likely your circle, the bottom of your circle, is just not happening in the, in the right place. Actually, I can guarantee you that your circle's not happening in the right place. Just the physics of it is, it's just not possible to hit it really, really solid unless you have it below.
Now, if you have the ball sitting up on a t, the ball's elevated out of the ground, right? You don't have to hit the ground cuz it's elevated. But if your ball is on the turf, sitting on the turf, you have to have your circle in front, um, and a little bit below the golf. So how do we do this? So a big issue that I see with people is what they'll do is they'll actually get their lead shoulder kind of going in front of the golf ball as they go up to the top.
So they're, they may be preemptively trying to get their weight shift forward. The problem with that is we're gonna tend to undo that in the backswing. We're gonna go here and then we're gonna fall away. And now my circle's ending up behind the golf ball, right? So what I want to do is I want to make sure that my left shoulder is behind the golf ball, or at least in line with the golf ball at the.
So that way I can move it down and forward so that way I can get the, my, my circle to be below it. So that's number one. I want to get my shoulder behind or in line with the golf ball. The other thing that that does is it helps you get a good turn. You know, at Toby Golf we talk about getting a good power turn as a part of the Toby golf system.
If you're not a part of the, if you're not familiar with what the Topi golf system, It's our five major pieces of the golf swing. This is one of them getting a good shoulder turn. So if we can get a good shoulder turn that's gonna get our left shoulder, our lead shoulder behind the golf ball. So it's gonna kill two birds with one stone here, you're gonna be able to make consistently ballers contact and you're also gonna get a lot of power from getting a good power turn, right.
So that's number one. I wanna make sure that I go up to the top that my lead shoulder is be, is behind the golf ball. Now I want to do that by turning my hips and turning my shoulders. So when I'm turning my. I want to be kind of straightening out my trail leg here, straightening out a little bit. I wanna be pushing my hip back and around.
I wanna let this lead knee kind of kick in a little bit. That's gonna allow me to turn my hips and then I can get my shoulder back behind the golf ball. What I don't want to do is this, like this. If I just bend over this way, that's gonna put me in a bad spot. I'm gonna tend to hit behind it. I want to turn my.
I wanna keep everything nice and centered here and turn my body and turn my shoulder behind the ball. So that's number one. All right, number two is now in the downswing. I want to push into my lead side a little bit to get my lead shoulder a little bit ahead of the golf ball. And I also want to move my lead shoulder down a little bit so that way my swinger can get, um, below the golf ball a little bit.
So I'm gonna go here and I'm gonna push down and forward a little bit. You can see it's not a lot. I'm not sliding my body way forward. That's not what we want to do. I'm just getting a little bit of a lateral movement. Basically, what I wanna make sure that I'm doing is I'm keeping my lead hip inside my ankle.
I don't want my lead hip to go outside my ankle. Cause otherwise I'm gonna kind of stand up and go like that. I'm not gonna be able to turn my body through. All right, so I'm gonna go here nice and centered, turn that lead shoulder behind the ball. I'm gonna move down and forward, keep my hip inside my ankle, and then from there, I'm gonna imagine that the low point of my swing is a few inches in front of the golf.
So if you are working, um, at home, you know, hitting off of a mat or something like that, what you can do is you can place a. On the ground about a foot or not a foot about a club. Head width in front of the golf ball. You just place a towel right there. If you come down and you clip the towel, you know you're, you're doing something wrong.
If you come down and you miss the towel and you hit that ground in front, you're, you're in good shape. You could use a piece of plastic, you know, a plastic cutting board. I like using those. They're nice and flat, and then you get a nice audible click when you hit them. It's not gonna damage your club. You know, I wouldn't recommend using like a, you know, like a marble cutting board or, or something like that.
Just something plastic, you know, like a plexi type of material that's gonna be really, really good for something like this. So those are all things that you can do. Um, there's also lots of training aids out there. Um, there's a divot board that, that you can use. Um, I'll put a link for the divot board below on this video if you're interested in, in getting one of those.
Um, I don't have one handy, otherwise, actually, I do have one handy. Let me grab this. . So this is . I didn't even see this over there. We just had it sitting out here cuz we use it all the time. So this is also an awesome training. Had to help you know whether you're hitting the ground and turor. So you can see here, if I brush this this way, it's basically like sequence and you place the ball where the yellow.is here and then.
Boom. I can come down and I can clearly see where I'm coming down and, and hitting the turf. If you're on real turf, right, what you can do is you can just place a t in the ground or you can take some foot power spray and, and spray a line in the ground, or you can take a t and rough up a line in the turf.
There's lots of things you can do. Just put some sort of visible line so that way you can see where your club came down, interacted with the terrific came through, but this, this, this divot board's awesome. If you have, you don't want to mess up your grass at home. Um, you want to get some good work at home, or if you are going to a range, you know, most ranges these days they have mats.
You know, turf is just hard to take care of when you have a lot of people hitting off 'em and taking divots on 'em all day, all, all day long. So a lot of the, the ranges out there have, have mats like this, have something like this to be able to tell you whether you're hitting the ball. Then the tur you can see there, that's exactly what I would want.
I'd want the, um, the divot to start right in the middle of that. Anywhere in that circle is really good, um, if you have the ball there, but that's what I would want a nice, um, square divot, everything looking good. So it's giving you great feedback. So again, I'll put a link to this below the video. Uh, full disclosure, we do get a.
Commission, um, for everyone that you buy from our link, but that just helps us to keep making, um, great content content for you. So again, what I'm gonna do, and you can just do this at home with the divot board, is you can go up to the top of the swing lead shoulder, right in line with the ball. Good shoulder turn.
I'm nice and centered here. I'm gonna shift a little bit forward and then I'm gonna come down and I even hit way too far ahead. there, you know, cuz I'm really focused on getting, and that's exaggerating, you know, if I can exaggerate and get it really far ahead. Then I can get this working really, really good.
So I would just work on, you know, exaggerating it and then getting it to inch closer and closer and closer to that, you know, a lot of times we hit off mats and we'll hit the ground way back here. It'll slide on the turf and hit the ball and we have no idea whether you know, that we chunked or I felt like a great shot.
But the problem is you take that out to the course and it's chunk city, right? Whereas if you have a divot board, it's gonna tell you right away if it's a chunk or a thin or not. So that's what I do is I just get in lots of. Going up to the top pause and then coming down, hitting the ground in the good spot, getting that, getting that lead shoulder forward.
If you focus on that lead shoulder, getting behind the ball at the top, then moving down and forward, I'm telling you, it's a very, very simple way to make sure that you're getting that ball first contact. Not to mention really good compressed, um, downward angle of attack contact as well. You're gonna feel like it's much more compressed when you're doing.
So really, really good way to help you to get that working together. And then I would just work toward minimizing the pause. You know, I'm taking a hard, hard, hard pause here at the top and then moving down and forward. What I would do from there is I would just minimize the pause. Just take a little beat at the top.
Right, just one little beat and then come down and then gradually take away the beat to make it more of a fluid swing. So, you know, that would look maybe something more like this, where I'm going up to the top and I'm moving down and forward and I'm hitting the ground. I, you know, I just barely nick the turf there.
I'd really wanna make sure that I'm getting into the turf a little bit. Now, I don't wanna slam the club into the turf. I just wanna come through and feel like a nice good sweeping of the turf as I'm coming through there. When I'm hitting off of a off of a mat, off a real turf, I'd want to see like a nice shallow divot, almost like I took a scalpel and I just cut like a quarter inch of the layer off the turf on there.
That's what I'd be looking for if I was hitting off of real turf. So, lots of ways make sure that you're using feedback when you're working on this, cuz then there's just no way to know whether you're doing it correctly. Now, this is the number one thing that you can. To be a better ball striker. The next thing that you can do to really improve your ball striking is start to get that club shadowing out and to start getting the club face square earlier.
Because the reality is, if we're not, not making ball first, contact shallowing and getting the face square, it really doesn't help you much. You're, you're not, you're not making good contact. Right? Once you start making good contact. We gotta start controlling that ball flight. And we do that by shallowing out the club.
And the best thing you can do to help you to start getting the Club Shallowed out is working through our 20 minute Shallowing Fix course. We've had lots of members work through this course and got AMA and have had amazing results sharing stories with us, talking about how they've never hit a draw before and now they're hitting draws and they're hitting it farther and straighter and all those things.
So if you wanna work on this 20 minute showering fix, it's included with your me. Highly recommend you go there once you start making great contact with the ball By doing on, by doing this simple drill. The showering course is three simple steps. You can knock it out in one range session, so if you wanna check it out, go to the instruction tab at the top, then click the 20 minute Showering, fix, get started on those drills.
Play well, and I'll talk to you soon.