Improving Your Ball Striking

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You may have heard the announcers on the television describe many professional golfers as good ball-strikers. What exactly is a good ball-striker? It is a golfer that consistently hits the ball in the sweet spot of their club and rarely, if ever, hits the ball thin or fat. You do not need to be a professional golfer to become a good ball-striker.  With a little bit of practice you too can improve your ball-striking ability.

Equipment

It all starts with your equipment.  Purchasing new golf clubs is sometimes called “buying a game.” Most players don’t buy into this, but buying the right equipment for your game is just as important as using proper technique to strike the ball if you are a beginner, high-handicapper or just a recreational golfer. What equipment you buy will all depend on where you are on the skill-level chart.

If you are a beginner, you really want to buy golf clubs with the biggest sweet spot. These are commonly called super-improvement clubs. As you get better, you will want to transition to game-improvement golf clubs. Once you have started to lower your handicap to below 10, you may want to move to a players golf club. These are the three category of golf clubs. If you are a beginning golfer using a set of players clubs, then you will have a problem with your ball-striking because your talent level doesn’t allow you to hit the smaller sweet spot consistently. Once you have found the right category of golf clubs for your skill level, you can start hitting the ball consistently and improve your scores.

Posture

Your posture is important if you want to start striking the ball consistently. This allows you to keep the club on the proper swing plane. Golfers that have a problem making consistent contact with the golf ball, lose their posture somewhere throughout the swing. You need to bend slightly at the waist and bend your knees slightly at address. Keep your head over the ball and your elbows tucked into your side. This is the posture you want to keep as your go through your swing and upon impact.

Hand Position

Your hand positions is another thing you have to be concerned with if you want improve your ball-striking ability. You want your hands forward upon impact and the grip leading the club head through impact. This is almost mandatory if you want to hit the ball solid consistently. By doing this, the club head will compress the ball against the ground, which makes the divot after impact. Always strike the ball first and not the ground. This can be made easier if you look at the front of the ball, instead of the back of the ball.

Club Face

The next ingredient to improving your ball-striking ability is ensuring you control the club head through your golf swing. The club face should open up in your back swing, square at impact and close during your follow through. Too many golfers hit the ball with an open or closed face at impact. This is one of the reasons you slice or hook the golf ball. The timing of this rotation is what separates the bad ball strikers from the better ball strikers. The only way you can improve your timing of this rotation is practice.

Transition

You want to work on your transition from back swing to down swing. One drill you can implement into your practice is pausing at the end of your back swing and before you start your down swing. Many golfers have a tendency to rush their transition, which causes them to lose the timing of the club head rotation. This is a drill that may take some time to get used to, but once you have practiced it a little bit you will see that you can swing down as hard as you want, without losing your timing.


2 Responses to “Improving Your Ball Striking”

  1. Great tips Jamie,

    I would add to maintain the spine angle throughout the golf swing so the clubhead contacts the ball in the same position as at set up.

    Cheers

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  2. John Macgregor

    Good point Troy. Thanks for adding.

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