hit down on the golf ball

When it comes to hitting down on the golf ball, many golfers struggle.  You can obviously still have decent round of golf, even if you are not striking the ball as well as you should.  Just like any aspect of the game, there are countless tips out there to help you become a better ball striker and consistently hit down on the golf ball.

I have linked to a pretty good forum from Team Titleist below where quite a few golfers weigh in on the best methods for hitting down on the ball in golf.  However, I also wanted to share a few tips that have really helped me over the last 18 months or so.

For the longest time, I was hitting pretty far behind the ball.  While the shots were fat, and left a divot that started behind the ball and finished in front of it, I was still hitting the ball pretty well and getting enough distance to put myself in position for par on most holes.  However, I knew that if I wanted to take my game to the next level, I needed to work on better ball striking.  A friend of mine kept telling me, “you gotta hit the little ball before the big ball”, but to be completely honest, I really had no idea what he was talking about.  Quite frankly, I am pretty embarrassed with how long it took me to actually figure it out.  If you are not sure what I am talking about, please comment when you get it 🙂

Anyway, the tip that seems to be really working for me right now (such a great game, “working for me right now”, sheesh). is looking approximately 1 inch ahead and slight left of center of the golf ball at address (right handed golfers).  I find that I come down on the ball and leave a divot that now begins just under or past the golf ball.  I also feel like bringing my attention in just left of center of the ball at address helps to square the club face at impact – at least for me.

If you struggle with hitting down on the golf ball, I highly recommend trying this tip and see if it helps.  I would also love to hear the results if you do try it – as well as any other methods that may have worked for you.

In the meantime, here is the link to the Team Titlest forum I referred to:

 Tips On Hitting Down With Irons

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