Top 3 Golf Tips on Ball Striking
The answer to everyone’s problems. What 3 tips will help you become a better ball striker? Well first off, a lot depends on your swing and what type of game you are looking to play. If you want to hit a mid to high draw that starts just off the target line and ends up right on point, then this next section is for you. I will cover the top three ways to enhance your ball striking, and ultimately improve your scoring. During this section, I will cover ball position, body alignment, and tempo… which all play major factors in not only your ball striking, but your contact with the ball as well.
The first thing we will cover, is ball position. This is a vital portion of the swing, and plays a big factor in your contact with the ball, and the direction the ball is traveling after impact. If you are looking to make the best contact throughout your entire game, then start with the ball in the middle of your stance with your wedges. All wedge shots will be played from the middle of the stance, and to be honest, you can actually play every iron from the middle of your stance if you feel the need to. By placing the ball right in the middle of your stance, you are allowing for the club face to be square at contact, and you are preventing the “reaching” motion that causes the ugly block or even slice. Another benefit that comes with placing the ball in the middle of your stance is with your ball flight. The ball will actually stay a bit lower, which comes in handy when you are playing in high winds. To be honest, hitting the high arcing shots are becoming a thing of the past – aside with the driver of course. Now that the golf game has become a year round sport, it is vital to have a mid-tier ball flight, which stays below the wind… and turns out to be the more beneficial ball flight throughout the entire golfing year. To practice this method, simply grab a bag of balls and head to the range. The motion will feel quite normal after about ten minutes, and you will be on your way to better contact, and ultimately better flight as well.
The second important tip, is your body alignment. If you are having issues with hitting the ball well off line, then the majority of your issues could be coming from your alignment, and where you are aiming prior to actually hitting the shot. If you are hitting a block, then you are more than likely open, which forces the body to over compensate, resulting in the blocked shot. The same thing goes for a hook, except you are probably lined up with a closed stance, causing the body to come over the top, resulting in a pretty strong hook. Another issue that is caused by poor alignment, is the contact with the ball. When you are forcing the body to swing over the top or inside- out, you are also hindering your contact with the ball, causing the poorly hit shots. To correct this mistake, simply use an alignment stick or even another golf club from your bag. Place the stick on the ground where your feet will go, and point it towards your intended target line… and there you go. I do this every single time I hit balls on the range, even when I am warming up for a golf tournament. It is vital that you are checking your alignment and ensuring you are aiming at the correct target.
The final tip, is your tempo. Everyone believes swinging as hard as you can will result in longer drives. While this has some accuracy (faster swing speeds to result in longer ball striking), however, you do have to have good tempo to not only hit the ball farther, but straighter as well. There really is no cure all to the swing tempo, it is all about finding what works best for you, and sticking to it, and ensuring that you are taking the club back slower than your follow through. As we have discussed before, the “correct” ratio is 3:1, meaning you take the club back 3 times as slow as your follow through speed. The best drill to correct your tempo, is to basically count during your back swing. Simply count to 3 during your takeaway and then move forward with your follow through. This will ensure you are taking the club back at a more correct pace, which is what will truly bring on the better contact… and ultimately the longer distance off of the tee. This drill takes a little more getting used to than the other two, so take your time and work on this until you are comfortable with your swing.