How To Hit The Golf Ball: The Complete Guide

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How to Stand to Hit a Golf Ball

The first step you need to take before you can hit a golf ball is to make sure your stance is the appropriate one. Many new golfers try to take a stance facing the golf ball, which is definitely not an appropriate stance.

If you’re a beginner, the easiest stance to start with is to face your body towards the target with your hands holding the club to the left.

As far as your feet are concerned, make sure your right foot is forward and your left foot is perpendicular to the right one.

The right foot should be where the ball is going to be when you swing. This stance will ensure that your weight stays centered.

The more your weight is centered, the efficient your swing will be. I should also point out that making sure your weight is centered means that your weight has to be on the forefront of the left foot and behind that of the right foot.

Practice Perfect Set Up

Chances are the two most important factors that determine your performance on the course are your mental game and your physical game. The physical game is where the real difference is made, and will be the focus of our attention.

The set up in the golf swing is imperative to the success of a potentially good shot. It is where we must establish a connection between our arms and our body to create a smooth swing.

Too many golf players hike up their backswing and bend their knees instead of pivoting a little towards the target. This is called closing the hips.

The best way to avoid this is to hinge the hip and relax your lower back and look over the ball with your hips open. We actually need to transfer weight to the back foot to improve your distance on the course.

Your position from the top of the swing can define your swing more than you think, and is the most important aspect in the golf swing to keep your body happy and create optimal distance.

You also want to make sure you are finding the center of your stance, the center of your swing (through a good grip), and your upper arms parallel to the ground.

The upper arms are what create the shoulder’s rotation as the backswing and start the rotation of the body back towards the target.

Remember to square the face to the target at the very end of the swing. This is called the finish position.

Set Up: Advance to Level Expert

Have you been playing golf for years and still not hitting the ball like you want? After trying different grips, chipping techniques, and bending your knees or leaning forward, still not getting it?

I am here to show you the 10 Common Mistakes in Golf and how to fix it.

How to Hit a Golf Ball with A Driver

A driver is the club you use to hit long irons to reach out to a distant green. Contacting the ball in the center is key to driving it.

There are three different fundamental positions of the body:

The first is the stance, which is important to learn because the rest of the swing will come off of it.

The second is the takeaway, which describes how you start the backswing.

The final important swing position is the into-the-wind position.

The takeaway is how you start the backswing. The takeaway comes from the lead leg. Think of the right lead leg and then the upper body and arms follow. The right lead leg leads the way to the backswing. There is a strong possibility that the right knee touches the ground near the top or at the top of the backswing. That is okay. There are different styles of the takeaway. Be sure to find whichever works for you and stick with it.

The swing positions are important to remember because as you work to get the correct takeaway position, it will become easier to complete the backswing.

You can hit a solid drive if you have all of the aforementioned positions.

Tee it High? Tee it Low?

Almost all of us need some help to ensure that our tee shot doesn’t end up in the woods or in the rough. The key to improving your tee shot is to establish the correct angle of approach to the ball, and this is determined by where you tee the ball up.

There are two important factors to consider, and you should decide which is most important to you:

Hitting the ball longer,

Or hitting the ball higher, meaning straighter and more consistently.

If you are looking to hit the ball longer, you should tee the ball up higher on the tee.

This is because by teeing the ball higher you can ensure that your club face is perpendicular to the ground.

If your face is set at an angle to the ground you will tend to hit a slice.

If your club face is perpendicular to the ground you are more likely to hit the ball straight.

If you are looking to hit the ball lower, you should tee the ball up lower on the tee.

This is because you can use a shallower swing that keeps the face at an angle to the ground when you are teeing the ball closer to the ground.

Although it may seem counter-intuitive, you will actually you hit the ball further with a shallower swing.

Ball Position for Fairway Finding Drives!

One of the most basic fundamentals of a good golf swing is the fundamental ball position. Although it may seem like there is a golf swing to suit any body type or playing style, the truth of the matter is that the golf swing is simple and constant.

Equally as important as your foot, arm and club length, your ball position needs to be the right distance from the club face. This position is key to achieving a great golf swing in terms of accuracy.

The ball position also holds a large role in determining club head speed, tempo and swing consistency.

The ball position can be changed to suit your short game and for the different shots that you will face out on the course.

The basic golf ball position should be close to the center of your stance. If you are right handed, place it a little closer to your left heel. If you are left handed, place it a little closer to your right heel. If you are standing on a tee box and your left side of your body is the direction you are looking at, place the ball in the center of your stance. This move will help you to regulate the power and force that you exert through the ball and in turn help to ensure a straight path down the fairway. Your stance needs to be slightly wider to create the right angle for the club.

Club and Arms Straight for Pin Point Accuracy

While body alignment is one of the key aspects when it comes to improving your golf game, another very important component is the posture of the arms and the club.

To make a successful golf swing, the ultimate goal is to get the club face square to the target line to hit the ball when it reaches the apex of your swing. Unfortunately, this is also the point when most golfers miss the ball.

A lot of golfers make the biggest mistake by steering their bodies to the left or right, the back before the forward, or the other way around. This leads to the loss of a consistent strike when it comes to accuracy and precision.

The club face, on the other hand, should stay square to the target line. This is an easy task if you keep your entire body straight, the shoulders lined up with the hips, knees, and feet.

However, achieving this ideal posture is easier said than done. You have to practice it.

Practicing the straight body alignment can really help you get better at making a perfect swing. Watching the flight of the ball will also help you see the difference between a flight that is perfect and one that is a little off.

You can easily work on this by aligning a club beside you. Consider it a makeshift partner. Hold it with your left hand to keep the entire body aligned. The grip will also act as a guide.

Add Tilt for Towering Drives

When confronted by a tricky lie, such as one on top of a bunker, adding some extra backspin is the first trick in your bag to gain a bit more control over the ball as it bounces back to earth.

The longer you are away from the green, the more important it becomes for you to find ways to control the ball. A little backspin on the green is a luxury.

Backspin not only gives you a feel for the ball that has been all but taken away from you by the time your ball is on the green, it also increases the chances of the ball settling softly into the green.

If you have the space to hit a chip, your best bet is to sweep it with an extra dose of backspin.

Maximum backspin can be applied to a chip by swinging up on the backswing and at the top of the backswing you can feel that the club is almost at a right angle to the ground.

Even if space is tight, there is still a way to apply backspin on a chip, through a type of take away action.

The taller the club you’re using, the more the angle between the club and the ground increases … and the more spin is imparted.

How to Hit a Golf Ball with An Iron

People often assume that the iron is less effective than the wood and much harder to hit. This is a myth. In reality, the iron is more effective and easier to hit than the wood. Amateur golfers need to know that they can master hitting the iron ball easily. With these strategies, you will learn a few keys to the success of hitting the golf ball with an iron.

Consider some factors before you head to the driving range.

Weight – Golf clubs have different weights. Although they are similar, they are different in terms of distance. Take a look at the rear-center and pick a driver that has a lighter weight.

Length – Another consideration is the length of the shaft. It is very important to the point of the swing. If you have a higher swing trajectory, you should choose a longer shaft. If you have a low swing trajectory, you should aim for a shorter shafted driver.

Rest – Putting stance is really important to blocking the ball. You should put weight on the front foot, and the back of your head, the shoulder should be aligned a little bit on the inside of the hitting area. You do not have to be completely square if your knees are slightly bent.

Choke Down – It is an effective strategy to help someone to block the ball straight. It will also be easier to hit the ball effectively with your hands a little closer. It is suggested that to get the ball down the line.

Low Point for Crisp Contact

As you have just seen moving your body weight towards the target will have an obvious effect on the loft of the golf shot. So rather than seeing the golf ball start low, you want this to start high and fall a little. This will help you to strike the ball cleanly and crisply. The best way to start the golf ball low and have it fall with authority is to place the club head at or around the level of the ball in order to achieve maximum club-head speed at impact.

This low starting point (the golf ball level) will put less of a loading on your ankle and knee joints and will result in less wasted energy and effort in the process.

Having your weight concentrated on the inside of your plant foot will result in a low start position at the time of impact.

This low point will provide you with more time to get the club head moving in the direction of the ball and will avoid giving your club head a weak push to the outside of the ball at address.

This will create a very weak strike and will seem as if you are hitting the ball on a slant.

When you are able to keep your weight on the inside of your plant foot, you will launch your ball out of your present lie with full force.

Not only will your ball be more effective due to the lift generated, but it will generate a high and far flying shot.

Handle and Hips: Move them Forward

The right mix of upper and lower body movements will result in a nice powerful shot – because you combine strength and flexibility.

Your hips are the driving force behind a powerful swing.

Use this tool, together with strong legs, during the downswing.

The legs push and move the hips forward as the arms begin to move back.

The hips are your main source of power if you want to drive your shots straight.

It is a matter of timing, letting the legs push the hips forward while the arms are moving back.

Hinge the Club to Nail Your Target

When it comes to hitting your target, the goal is to strike the golf ball towards the direction of your intended point of aim. In order to accomplish this, you must first align your body to the intended direction of your intended point of contact.

The next step is to understand how to hinge the golf club.

The trick behind this concept is holding the club lightly. You’re holding the club face-on and slightly open such that your palms are slightly turned towards the sky. This setup will angle the club directly towards the contact point for that.

You may also need to tilt the shaft towards the intended direction of your set point of contact. The secret is to adjust your stance such that it mimics the direction the ball will be going in.

As you stand before hitting the ball with your club, you must aim to create a straight angle at your target point. You must also keep a check on your wrists to ensure they’re not dropping too early.

Don’t take a long time to adjust before you swing because you don’t want to alarm the ball.

With a few tries, you’ll soon get the hang of this and your consistent follow-through should help nail your intended target.

Pro Tip: Pre Set Perfect Contact with this Drill

Higher handicap golfers are often hesitant to get their face on top of the ball as they have been told this produces a loss of distance leaving a shot straight and low.

To get a good strike this drill creates a platform from behind the ball and is used as a final setup before the downswing.

Set the club up on your mat with the leading edge perpendicular to your stance.

Then place a ball on the center of your mat with the center of the leading edge of the club pointing directly at the center of the ball.

You can also tape a ball to the top of the club for a visual aid.

If you’re lining up a short iron you should position your left foot at a slightly open stance position. A set up with your right foot at a slightly open stance is best for more club length.

Now go ahead and swing through the ball making sure you don’t hit the club and the ball at the same time.

It’s easy to get carried away with the club and accidently hit the ball first or hit the club first and hit the ball second.

If you’re on the short end of a club length and hit the ball after the club this is fine as you will hit the ball first.

Be sure to hit the ball without standing on the mat.

How to Hit a Golf Ball Straight and How to Hit a Golf Ball with curvature

It depends on the lie, the club, and how far you need to hit it.

Keep the clubface square before you hit the ball.

Make perfect contact with the ball.

You can follow a set swing path or you can set the face by the ball last and then hit it forward and through the ball.

Your clubface is square before you hit the ball.

Stay on plane.

Hit it off the back of the tee.

Hitting the Golf Ball with Curvature

Aim to the left of your target.

The club face is a little open to the target.

Think of hitting the ball high in the air into the wind with the club face open to the target a little bit.

Swing the golf club back in a straight line.

Think of the extra lag.

You are going to hit the ball off the back of your own tee.

Hold the golf club close to the body.

Rotate your upper body into the downswing.

Hit the ball with acceleration.

Hit the ball slightly up to the left.

Keep your head down as you hit the ball.

This ball flight will have a lot of run with it.

Remember the clubface is ope to the target.

Power is going to be your friend.

Club Head? Club Path? A Quick Breakdown

Once you have fitted clubs to your height, size and the strength of your grip, you will be ready to actually hit some golf balls.

Don’t rush it, take the time and practice early in the morning when most people are still at home snuggled under their covers.

You must learn how to set your stance correctly very quickly or misery will be your lot.

Your body should be facing to the right of the target at address. The shaft will be leaning into the target.

The toe of your left foot should be pointing to the target. Don’t let it be pointing left or your left arm will become a lever pivoting to the left.

Now stand up and take one practice swing. You should feel centered and balanced.

Now hold your driver and look at your own hands. Note the fact that the butt of the grip is forward of the club head. The shaft is pointing diagonally at the ball from the back of the grip.

A few clubs such as wedges and putters would not be pointing diagonally at the ball – they are pointing straight at ball.

This is called the swing path. It is important for each club to be inclined a little towards the ball. This increases toe-weighting and allows you loft the ball regardless of the lie of the ball.

Banana Slice or Baby Draw? Why some Balls Curve More

When you’re playing your favorite sport, you take your performance for granted. You assume that you can get the job done because you’ve been doing it for a while.

However, your success can get compromised—possibly even ruined—if your equipment is not right. Golf is no different. You can buy the best-of-the-best clubs and the best shoes in the industry, but if the balls you use aren’t up to the task, then you’re shot in the foot, golf-wise.

Do you know which golf ball is right for you? Or why some balls have a curve while other balls travel a straight path after they are hit?

If you’ve ever been curious about golf ball fundamentals, we’ve got the answers for you. We’ve compiled these into a handy guide full of golf ball basics, including some of the more technical elements that you need to know.

Why Golf Balls Curve

The spin of the ball creates a curved motion toward the target. The spin of the ball creates a curved motion toward the target.

Field Goal Practice

A Great Warm-Up Exercise

Here is a great way to warm up that can really build your kicking power. Start with you inside your own ten-yard line. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent and hold the kicking tee with your arms outstretched. Make sure you’re looking at a point just on the goal post.

Hold the ball between your hands in front of you and kick it between your hands towards the goal. If you’ve got the distance mastered you can start making kicks over and, under your leg.

After a few field goal practice, it should be easy to transfer this motion and power to the football.

How to Hit a Golf Ball Low

It is a question that often comes up, whether or not it is better to hit when the golf ball is sitting up or when it is sitting down. There is a bit of a misconception surrounding golf, in that the lower you can hit the golf ball, the better, and the only way to do that is to drag your ball along the turf. This isn’t the case.

Driving the ball down into the turf brings you a couple of advantages, including improving your lie in the fairway, helping you reduce the sideways roll on approach shots and generally making the golf ball a lot harder to see. So don’t worry, most golfers, after a few weeks of practice, will begin to hit lower golf shots.

Lower Shots = More Fairways & Greens

If you have the groove already, great. If not, no worries because you can develop it rather quickly right from your own backyard or more appropriately your own backyard mini driving range. This is what I recommend for my pupils at my Golf School.

During the past two months I have had the chance to see most of their swings on video or set up camera shots so that you and I can talk about the swing and its future. Almost without exception I see a lot of tall arms and a lot of moving parallel to the ball. The reason: The player tends to hit with the hands and/or are scared of hitting balls with power and in the process of returning that power, they end up backing off the ball too much (guided by the fear of hitting behind) and hit a high balloon ball.

To lower your shots, you must realize that your extra swing height (being able to hit the ball in the air) will not only get you into trouble but also lower your expectations of hitting more fairways and greens, but most importantly lower your expectations of competing with the Pros. If you live in Miami like I do, you’ll never see a golfer with a tall swing. Tall swings are a product of snow, cold, winter and mistakes. But once you learn to take a shorter point of contact swing, you will enjoy hitting balls and have more fun practicing.

The 6 Step Stinger Shot

The stinger is one of the most famous golf shots that can be utilized for a variety of shots and situations. The shot is performed with the more flexible shaft of the driver.

Tension is thus much more important in the stinger drive than pretty much any other.

In terms of set up, the ball should be played not forward of the ball (an extreme left, I’ve seen tours players put it) but left to right. It should be placed about middle of the stance and the rear foot should be down near the back of the ball.

The aiming of the stinger is a matter of “aim where you want it to go.” In terms of distance it is about 215 yards, which is a little longer than it is for the seven iron.

Recovering from the bad habits the game ties to you is one of the most important mental aspects of a golfer.

With the stinger, hitting the golf ball straight is quite easy. In other words, it is easy to recover from poor habits.

From the stinger, a good golfer can easily transition to a full draw or hickory shafted driver. The stinger is the transition for a good golfer.

Performing a stinger shot is a good way to experiment and see where you want to go with your swing for your full swing.

Drill: The Triangle Of Success

There are a couple of basic fundamentals to golf which are unbelievably simple yet so effective.

To begin with, your knees must always be bent and your head, arms, and shoulder must make a triangle.

Once you’ve developed this position, your next step is to make a small turn to your left so that you are hitting the golf ball in the direction of the target.

It’s all in the hips when it comes to hitting the golf ball too.

Your hips must turn not only to the left but also in a good way backwards. This forms a pocket which will give your golf ball a nice and god start.

Also, you must take your hands back as far as you possibly can, away from the golf ball. This ensures that your golf club makes the full length of the swing.

And finally, don’t forget to finish the back swing to the right before going into the forward swing.

This will form a nice, clean, and full swing in the left direction.

How to Hit a Golf Ball High

Many amateurs find it hard to hit the golf ball high.

This is because they do not understand that the type of swing they apply wind up with higher balls.

Others simply do not know how to go about the whole process of hitting the golf ball high.

In this article, I will highlight some of the methods that you can apply to hit the golf ball high.

The First Thing to Know Is that Hitting the Golf Ball High Involves the Sequence of Movements that You Make when You Swing the Golf Club

A strong follow through and a great swing with a lot of wrist movement will be sure to get you the desired result.

Another thing you need to know is the slower you go when you approach the club, the higher are the chances that you will hit the golf ball high.

So how do you ensure that your swing is way back and not too across the ball?

One method to help you have a lot of wrist motion is to make sure that your grip is open.

Also, when you approach the golf ball, be sure to take off your weight from your back foot. This will ensure that your swing is like a pendulum that swings across the ball.

You can apply these methods as part of your key swing to hit the golf ball high.

How To Hit It High & Let It Fly

When you start playing golf, it’s likely you’ll be intimidated by the game and miss your tee shot a few times. However, with time and practice, you’ll start enjoying and even enjoy the game.

Part of enjoying the game is learning how to hit the ball high and far. This article will show you the top 4 methods of hitting and sending your ball soaring into the sky. Once you start learning, you’ll be able to hit the ball straight, keep it high, and hit it onto any target.

Golf is a game that can still make you feel like a pro, even if you’re not that old of a golfer. This sport has a variety of rules, modes, and phases to keep you busy and entertained.

When you’re ready for a competitive match, you can play birdie or figure eight. You can also start a match with the whole family, or with friends. As you get to know more rules and strategies, you’ll have even more games to play!

Climb The Ladder

Regardless of whether you want to become a world class golfer, or instead wish to be a better player, few things are as important as gaining the mental skills to consistently be able to strike the ball consistently well.

Whether you wish to become a better player or want to improve over an already good game, the ability to hit the ball consistently well is a vital part of doing so.

If you are reading this then you are already aware that there is a lot that goes into hitting a golf ball consistently well.

You will need to gain a mental understanding of how to strike the ball with good form and must do so under extreme pressure.

You will also need to be able to put in the hard work necessary to ensure that your physical techniques are up to standard.

If your physical techniques are not up to scratch then no matter how good your mental game is your game will be affected as your technique will deteriorate with time.

You will also need to make sure that you are in great shape so that you have more energy to spare when you get to the course. Having a good physical workout routine will be a huge help to anyone looking to improve their game.

How to Hit a Golf Ball with More Power

Now that you know how to take a long, strong and rhythmic swing to reduce your golfing handicap, it’s time to learn how to hit a golf ball with more power.

If you want to be among the pros on the PGA tour, you are going to need more power to bring your drive to the finish line. More power does not necessarily mean more speed to the ball. It means more ability to propel the ball clear over the target area. You can achieve either of these ends with power or accuracy. Accuracy will most likely get you to the green and also reduce your handicap, but having more power can really send your game to new heights.

A one second clock can be an excellent tool to improve any golfer’s power and accuracy. As you watch the clock, you will be conscious of every second that ticks by. This will increase your concentration and attention to the smallest details. The more you focus on power, the more you will improve your swing and the more you focus on accuracy, the more accurate you will become.

Understanding the equation for power will also be an important part of enhancing your power and accuracy. You might not have ever heard of the equation before, but it is one of the most important rules of golf. To give your game more power, you must:

  • More distance = more power
  • More accuracy = more power

Smash It with Smash Factor

Here is one of the most important golfing tips for you. And it’s based on the work of Mr. David Ekeroth, a former NASA employee who developed the concept of “smash factor”.

It is a simple equation which computes golf club head speed. It is simply the distance the ball travels, divided by the time it takes to travel that distance.

S = D / (t + 0.04)

Where the letters in S stand for:

  • S = Smash factor
  • D = The average distance the golf ball travels

T = The time taken by the ball to travel the average distance.

To calculate the “t” variable, you also need to know the club head speed. Club head speed is calculated by multiplying club length by club head weight and club head speed.

So how do you improve the smash factor? One of the best golf tips is to keep the hand low at the point of contact with the golf ball and to rotate more.

This will ensure the club head speed is high and will help enhance the distance the ball travels. Also, always stand a little further behind the golf ball. This will ensure a larger swing and also improve your smash factor.

Less Turn, More Jump!

As you start hitting the ball more consistently, you will begin to develop your own ways of swinging. Feel free to explore different types of swings with different movements and rotation… as you gain more experience and better feel for the golf ball, and you will discover which swing is best for you.

If high-flying golf shots are your thing, try to incorporate some turn into the swing, particularly at the top of the swing.

The more higher-flying golf shots you hit, the better you will become at finding the balance between turn and jump. Without the turn, you will have more of a simple crunchy swing. But add the turn, and you will have a bigger jump through the ball.

Slow-Motion Jump Shots

Here is a great layup drill that is sure to help develop the skills of a jump shooter. It will improve your confidence in working in the paint while also building confidence.

Nelson fans help their team by stopping offense, but they play an even more important role as the team’s primary threat. A threat that belongs to the team.

Every point has three phases: the offense, the defense, and the basket. The offense drives the ball up the floor. The defense wants to limit their progress and force a turnover. The defense scores when they prevent the offense from scoring, or when they score on the subsequent offensive possession.

The defense wants to establish the basket as the threat. Make the offense play toward the basket. That’s what Dwight is good at scoring, defending, and talking. Most fanboys are offense players. Why? Because offense is exciting. Defense is about effort, but it lacks the glory. Nelson sometimes goes overboard with his defense.

Ah yes, the defense scores too. The defense scores when they stop the offense from scoring, or when the offense turns the ball over in the break, or when they score in the ensuing defensive possession.

But the defense scores even more points when the offense turns the ball over by scoring in the break. Their reward is the break. Which makes the defense the team’s biggest threat.

Center of the Clubface + Club Head Speed = More Distance & Ball Speed

In addition, much like there is a foundation to the striking mechanics, there is an element of physics that has to go into play when you strike ball.

Specifically there are two factors that you must control to strike the ball well:

  • Clubhead Speed (which is largely dependent on how hard you swing—so if you do it right, you don’t have to swing very hard)
  • Ball Speed (which is also aided by the clubhead speed and is produced by the shaft springing the clubhead forward at impact, not by the clubhead springing back)

The faster you can make the clubhead, and the faster you can make the internal components of the clubhead, the faster you can make the golf ball.

But there is a catch. The faster everything is going, it is harder to control all the variables at the same time.

If you swing too fast, too early, before you get your feet into position in the takeaway, then it is easier to mishit the ball from the outside—left or right.

If you swing too fast, too early, you can also roll the ball and catch it too thin.

If you are too slow, your swing will be out of rhythm and may cause you to lose some control.

So here’s a new mantra to keep in mind.