When I hear the phrase "compressing the ball," it conjures an image of the ball being squeezed between the club and the ground for an instant before it takes off into the air. Is that right?
I'm asking because that doesn't seem possible. If the energy of impact directed the ball toward the ground initially, where would the energy come from to reverse that initial direction of movement and send the ball into the air 160 yards, say, down the fairway?
It seems the ball should get airborne immediately upon being contacted by the clubface. If that is indeed what happens, what does "compressing the ball" mean? What is it really describing?