How to Pure Your Irons with Every Swing
Do you have issues with hitting behind the golf ball or hitting it thin? If so, this article is just what you need! Let’s take a look how to improve your low point of your golf swing.
The leading cause of hitting behind the golf ball or hitting it thin is having too much or too little shoulder and hip tilt during the backswing and at impact. When you have too much tilt, you have the issue of hitting behind the ball. If you lack tilt, it leads to the problem of not getting the ball up in the air due to the inability to brush the grass through impact and take a divot.
Let's discuss what shoulder and hip tilt are. Tilt is the side-bending of the body. It helps many aspects of your golf swing function. But, the most critical element in helping you maintain your posture and inclination to the ground. When you see a professional swing to the top of their backswing, their shoulders are tilted approximately 39 degrees.
In comparison, their hips are, on average, 11 degrees. Hip tilt enables them to stay in their posture and limits excessive lateral motion. Without tilt, the knees would both straighten during the backswing, resulting in a loss of posture and poor control over where you hit the ground.
It’s possible to lack tilt and still play excellent golf, however, it’s tough to play well if you have excessive tilt, which is a common problem. Most commonly, the hips tilt too much to the left at the top of the backswing. Causing a lateral sway, potentially a reverse pivot, and typically an overextended upper body, meaning the body leans towards the target. It’s caused by lifting the club instead of coiling.
When the hips tilt and cause a lateral sway, you set yourself up to hit behind the ball. Unless you excessively slide your hips back towards the target in the downswing, which brings in a whole list of other potential problems we want to avoid.
Let's talk about how to fix this critical problem in your swing. You can quickly become more consistent at controlling your low point. As a result, you will hit the ball first more often, leading to more confidence and lower scores on the course.
Step one is to determine that your problem in your swing is low point control. The easiest way to check yourself on this is to make practice swings focusing on the spot where the golf ball would be. If you can consistently hit the ground about one inch past that spot, your low point control is excellent. If you find yourself able to hit it sometimes but other times it’s further past or behind the ball, it would then be best if you focused on the following drills to make it easier to hit your spot repeatedly.
Drill #1: The first step is to take your golf posture as if you had a six-iron in your hand. From here lay a club at belt buckle height. With the club in place, make a rotation as if you were making a backswing. You want to see the right hip or grip end of the club appear to stay level. The goal is to have the right hip only 11 degrees higher than the left hip. This is an easy drill to check that and can be done without leaving your home.
Drill #2: In the reach over the fence drill, you act as if there is a fence leaned up against your right hip at setup. You can't move your right hip away from the target. The goal is to act as if you are reaching the club over the fence. Don't let your hips move away from the target. If your hips sway, you will likely lift the club and swing over the top. Two characteristics that can cause hitting behind the ball. At the top of your backswing, your hip needs to move towards the target and your sternum should be over your right foot.
If you do this correctly, you will notice more of a draw ball flight pattern along with more consistent control over where you hit the ground. It can be hard to apply this drill at first, be patient, and focused on the primary goal. We are re-training the way you move in your backswing.
Drill #3: Gate for centeredness of contact. This drill is timeless and will always help tremendously with contacting the center of the club. You can also use it to make swings paying attention to where you hit the ground and take a divot. This is key in controlling your low point and consistently hitting your irons "pure."
You should start feeling more shots with center contact and a divot after the tees, resulting in the perfect impact position. You are now contacting the ball then ground, in the center of the face. That is exactly how the pros do it, and you can too!
If you still struggle with hitting behind the ball after working on this drill, please reach out to us at Golf Guru, and we will answer any questions.
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