Why You Need This: In this video, you’ll discover how to stop hitting behind the golf ball.
Hitting way behind the ball is so frustrating...
...and it can completely destroy your scores.
Not to mention, you need to stop hitting those deep divots or else the groundskeeper will be chasing you down. :)
Now, you do want to hit a divot in front of the ball.
But what often happens is that, as you transfer your weight forward, occasionally your club path comes in way too steep.
Essentially, you're chopping down into the ball which makes it difficult to make solid contact.
But don't worry because this video will get you back on track!
In this video, you’ll learn why you don’t want your weight forward if you’re making massive divots.
You’ll also learn two moves that you do need to perform for hitting dead solid shots.
Watch this video now to stop hitting behind the ball...
And to make clean, consistent contact!
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Instructors Featured: Clay Ballard
Video Duration: 6:04
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All right, so if you guys have been trying to get a divot in front of the golf ball, and you try to keep your weight o the left side as you go into the backswing, but as you make a swing it ends up doing this. Oh, man. That divot went 20 feet.
That is the most frustrating shot in golf. I came in very steep, I hi hard behind the golf ball. You look up and the ball’s only rolled a few feet, dribbling down the fairway. Extremely frustrating.
I’m going to talk about why you don’t want to keep your weight to the left when we’re getting rid of the chunk and hitting behind the golf ball, and two things that you do need to do to hit those balls dead, solid, clean. Let’s go ahead and get started.
All right guys, so there’s two main things that I see when people are struggling hitting behind the golf ball, time and time again. The first is as I set up to this golf ball my weight is falling away from the target, my right shoulder gets lower and closer to the ground.
You can see if I start to fall back away from this golf ball how everything is working down into the ground and I could very easily chunk behind the golf ball. We obviously don’t want to do that.
Now what usually leads to this, is when people try to keep their head still or try to stay stacked over top of the golf ball. A lot of times…there’s always a cause and effect in golf. So whenever I’m trying to stay to the left, a lot of times I’ll fall to the right. Let me give you a good example of this.
Let’s imagine I’m setting up over this golf shot, and I’m going to try to keep my head left, or my weight left, because you’re probably thinking, you’ve probably found yourself thinking I’m going to ry to stay left, that way I’m ensuring that get down into the golf ball. It’s a pretty common thing, but a big mistake that I see.
When I do this, now I’m staying left, staying left, staying left, and naturally my body senses I’m too far left. I’m not going to be able to hit this ball with any power, and this starts to fall back to the right, and everything gets in behind the golf ball.
So it looks something like this, I’m left in the backswing, and then I’m falling back right as I make the downswing. Well in reality, I want to load up on my right side, and then come through just like I’m throwing a baseball, or a football into my left side in the follow through.
So what I want you to do here, is I want you to imagine with your head, that you’re looking into the back of the golf ball. We’re going t get a little bit of spine tilt, that’s something I go over in the Top Speed Golf System, talking about the stable, fluid spine.
That’s something I talk about a lot. I’m going to get behind this golf ball. Now from there, as I make my backswing I feel like I’m pushing into the ground with my right foot. So I should feel some pressure all in the inside of my right foot.
That’s going to get me behind the golf ball, and then from there I can shift all the way on through to my left foot coming through, and I’m going to make sure my belt buckle and my chest are nice and high as I come on through.
So my belt buckle’s facing the target, my chest is nice and high, and rotated all the way on around. That’s going to ensure that I’m not falling back away from the shot.
If I lean let and then fall back away, you’ll see that I’m not going to come through the shot, all my weight’s going to be on my right foot versus inside the right foot, all the way on around to the left foot coming through. That’s the first thing I see.
The second thing I see is not enough forward shaft lean. A lot of times when we’re falling back, we stand up and we start to cast the club, we start to flip this golf club, and that makes it easy to hit behind the golf ball.
I want to have some forward shaft lean as I’m coming through the shot and to release the club. I’m going to give you a secret that nobody told me for a long time. I’ve seen thousands of people that struggle with the same thing.
I’m going to give you a secret here that will really help you to get more forward shaft lean than you’ve ever had before.
If my club – if I’m used to squaring up the club with my club straight up and down – so now my club shaft is straight up and down, my face is dead square to the target here. There’s two ways I can square this. That’s the first way where I’m squaring the club by releasing the shaft.
When I release this club shaft – so this is forward shaft lean – when I release that, that squares the face. If I was to do nothing different with my wrist and just leaned the face forward, leaned the shaft forward, you can see that now my face is wide open.
So when I see most people trying to get more forward shaft lean, they’re opening the face wide open. So that’s the incorrect way to square the face. What we need o do, is we need to square the face by rotating our hands.
Take a look at my left hand, I’m going to rotate it down to the ground, really, really exaggerated there. I’m going to rotate my right palm down to the ground, and when my club’s parallel with the ground, you’re going to see this leading edge exaggerated pointing down to the surface here.
That’s going to really get me to close that face. If I was to do that and then have the flip, look how left my face is going. My face is going so far left, that ball’s going to shoot almost at a 45° angle, straight to the left.
I’m obviously not going to want to do that, and I square up the face by getting forward shaft lean. Notice how my hips are nice and open as I’m doing that too. I want you to go ahead and do this two-step drill.
Number one, I’m going to rotate the face down as it’s parallel with the ground in the downswing. Number two, I’m going to pause at impact with the face square behind the ball, tons of forward shaft lean, and we can see that’s nice and squared up. Put both these drills together.
I’m going to do 100 reps going to the inside of my right foot, looking down at the back of the ball. Then a swing all the way through to the left. I’m going to do 100 reps getting this club face closed, pausing, hips open, lots of forward shaft lean, face dead square.
Then from there, I’m going to put both those pieces together for another 100 reps, so 300 total reps getting some forward shaft lean, getting my momentum going through the shot.
When I put all three of those together, I’m going to hip a dead solid shot, I’m going to take a nice little divot in front of the golf ball, and it’s going to feel a whole lot better with a lot more forward shaft lean. Let’s go ahead and try it out.
There we go, got a little bit of a divot, kind of roughed up the turf in front. You can hit down a little bit harder if you have a tendency to kind of fall back and hit behind the golf ball, but you can definitely see I was coming down and through.
I had the ball first, and then I caught the turf in front of that golf ball. So go ahead and work on those drills, get those practice reps in, it’s really going to help you guys out. I’ll see you all soon.