Better Ball Striking - Level Eyes - Senior Golf Tip 1

    Improve your ball striking and stop topping the ball with this golf tip.

    To strike a golf ball consistently, the golf club needs to attack the golf ball in the correct fashion. A correct ball strike would be a downward strike through the centre of the ball and into the ground. During this action, the ball is struck from the middle rather than the bottom of the golf club face and results in the correct compression of the ball creating maximum distance. As the ball is struck downwards by the golf club, it is forced up the loft of the club face which imparts backspin to give the ball upward lift. This makes the ball rise up into the air.

    To achieve a downward striking action, control the head position at the moment of impact.

    We all hear comments on the golf course regarding the head; “I looked up”, “You took your eye off the ball”, etc. Golfers never actually look away from the ball but there can be a tendency to turn the head forwards towards the target as the club is making contact with the ball. Although the eyes are always looking down at the ball, the chin turns away from it which causes the front shoulder to rise upwards sharply taking the club head up and away from the golf ball. When this action occurs, the ball is struck on an upward trajectory where the bottom of the golf club makes contact with the middle (thin) or the top (top shot) of the golf ball, both of which fly very low with no control or roll across the floor.

    An easy way to stop any turning away or rising up through the shot is to control the line of the eyes when swinging through the golf ball. When setting up to a golf shot, imagine a line passing through both of the eyes. This line should be parallel, level, with the ground. If the head turns through the ball the eyes will tilt so that the front eye is higher than the back eye. If we can keep the line of the two eyes level with the ground then there will be no turning away from the ball and there will be more chance of ‘staying in’ the shot and eliminate any rising through the ball.

    An exercise to do this would be to pick a spot, or a blade of grass, approximately one to two inches behind the ball. Once this spot is chosen, keep focused on this spot before, during and after you hit the golf ball. Make sure that there is still a good forward follow through to complete the swing but stay looking at the spot for as long as possible before the momentum of the swing pulls the head forward.

    This action will keep the eyes level and stop any turning away which culminates in better struck golf shots.