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Need Help: Hitting behind the ball.

post #1 of 43
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I feel like I'm hitting down on the ball just fine, but ever since I started trying to hit a draw, I hit down on the turf before the ball far too often. I'm a stupid monkey but I can see that it's because the new angle of attack, I just can't seem to fix it, I'd say I hit the ground behind the ball about half the time with a draw. (sometimes just slightly).

What can I do to fix this. I noticed a quick fix might be to play the ball further back then I normally do, but that just looks and feels awkward to me. 

 

Help!

post #2 of 43

@crim,

 

Do the weight forward drill with slower swings.  In your practice swing before a full shot, rehearse this motion slowly. 

post #3 of 43
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Originally Posted by Crim View Post
 

I feel like I'm hitting down on the ball just fine, but ever since I started trying to hit a draw, I hit down on the turf before the ball far too often. I'm a stupid monkey but I can see that it's because the new angle of attack, I just can't seem to fix it, I'd say I hit the ground behind the ball about half the time with a draw. (sometimes just slightly).

What can I do to fix this. I noticed a quick fix might be to play the ball further back then I normally do, but that just looks and feels awkward to me. 

 

Help!

 

I think this is probably common.  It is much harder for me to not hit it fat as well when I try hard to come from the inside.  I think it is probably a case of not getting weight and hands forward enough.

post #4 of 43
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Originally Posted by Crim View Post
 

I feel like I'm hitting down on the ball just fine, but ever since I started trying to hit a draw, I hit down on the turf before the ball far too often. I'm a stupid monkey but I can see that it's because the new angle of attack, I just can't seem to fix it, I'd say I hit the ground behind the ball about half the time with a draw. (sometimes just slightly).

What can I do to fix this. I noticed a quick fix might be to play the ball further back then I normally do, but that just looks and feels awkward to me. 

 

Help!

 

 

 

Hips more open at impact, and belt buckle starting to point towards the sky, and getting that good extension in your left side at impact. Really helps shallow out the swing. 

post #5 of 43
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Awesome...thanks everyone!

@boogielicious, is the weight forward drill in one of the Keys videos?

post #6 of 43
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Awesome...thanks everyone!

@boogielicious, is the weight forward drill in one of the Keys videos?

http://thesandtrap.com/t/61376/5sk-video-thread#post_781529

 

Yes.  Key 2.

post #7 of 43

@Crim 

 

I found the drill where you squish half a nerf ball (or something like that) under your lead foot was one that really helped with weight shift.

post #8 of 43
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@Crim 

 

I found the drill where you squish half a nerf ball (or something like that) under your lead foot was one that really helped with weight shift.

 

 

 

I owned a few of these. So I cut one in half, instant practice tool to step on for that drill. They are great for hitting indoors as well. I practice pitching indoors with them a lot. They bounce harmlessly off any wall with out leaving any marks. 

post #9 of 43

An old fashion drill we use to use was, if your a righty, put 1 or 2 golf balls under the outside of your foot, so that your foot rests on the inside, which allows you to get more weight on your left side, and then you can do slow practice swings, and hit some balls to get the weight forward feeling. This would be something to do at the range in a pinch.

 

I would do as the others have suggested. Also, are you perhaps moving downward on your down swing..?  Key # 1 addresses that.

post #10 of 43
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An old fashion drill we use to use was, if your a righty, put 1 or 2 golf balls under the outside of your foot, so that your foot rests on the inside, which allows you to get more weight on your left side, and then you can do slow practice swings, and hit some balls to get the weight forward feeling. This would be something to do at the range in a pinch.

 

I would do as the others have suggested. Also, are you perhaps moving downward on your down swing..?  Key # 1 addresses that.

It only works for righties?

post #11 of 43
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Originally Posted by Ernest Jones View Post
 

It only works for righties?

 

 

Huh..? It works for lefties too.............:-P

post #12 of 43
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Originally Posted by Hammer 4 View Post
 

 

 

Huh..? It works for lefties too.............:-P

Just messin' with ya. You specified for righties but then didn't specify that the balls go under your left foot which made it sound like it was only for righties.

 

Anywho...

 

:beer:

post #13 of 43
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Originally Posted by Ernest Jones View Post
 

Just messin' with ya. You specified for righties but then didn't specify that the balls go under your left foot which made it sound like it was only for righties.

 

Anywho...

 

:beer:

 

 

I knew that, hence the smiley...:-P    

post #14 of 43
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What can I do to fix this. I noticed a quick fix might be to play the ball further back then I normally do, but that just looks and feels awkward to me. 

 

That might be an ok "quick fix" on the course but it's not a good habit to get into. Check out those Key #2 drills and get that piece better.

post #15 of 43
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That might be an ok "quick fix" on the course but it's not a good habit to get into. Check out those Key #2 drills and get that piece better.

Thanks all! I practiced the key #2 "wall drill" for over an hour today and I'm feeling a lot more confident...hit a lot more shots flush. I think tomorrow I'm getting on a course for the first time this year! Time to put this to the test! 

post #16 of 43
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Thanks all! I practiced the key #2 "wall drill" for over an hour today and I'm feeling a lot more confident...hit a lot more shots flush. I think tomorrow I'm getting on a course for the first time this year! Time to put this to the test! 

When you are on the course and waiting to take your shot, practice the feeling in slow motion.  Remember your training Luke!

 

post #17 of 43

Another "quick fix" that might work for you is to focus on a spot a few inches in front of the ball instead of the ball itself.  This helped me a while back, and whenever I go out with people who only play once or twice a year, that's the only tip I give them.  Often times it makes a big difference. 

 

But that doesn't get to the root of the problem.

post #18 of 43
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Originally Posted by dsc123 View Post
 

Another "quick fix" that might work for you is to focus on a spot a few inches in front of the ball instead of the ball itself.  This helped me a while back, and whenever I go out with people who only play once or twice a year, that's the only tip I give them.  Often times it makes a big difference. 

 

But that doesn't get to the root of the problem

freshman year of college i got into a weird groove where i'd hit some 100 yard shots fat. i started focusing on hitting the back of the ball, as opposed to where the ball touches the ground, if that makes sense. it basically just brought my point of focus forward and helped me hit them crisp. i still think about this today every once in a while

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