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Golf's Most Important Rule! - Golf Ball Contact
by John Bolt
Ever wonder how to get that great distance and control on
the course? It all has to do with golf ball contact. Everything
depends on how and when you hit the golf ball, and you'll
see it in your results.
Hit Down to Get the Ball Up:
This may sound a little bit crazy to some but, with every
club except the driver and putter you should be striking the
ball with a slightly downward blow. What this does is, it
allows the loft of the club to work as it's supposed to and
launch the ball up into the air. Proper golf ball contact
will also increase distance because when the ball is hit at
impact, the descending movement compresses the ball witch
in turn releases more energy sending the ball further.
There is a common mistake made by beginners. What they tend
to do is try to scoop the ball and help it into the air with
their fairway woods and irons. This is a critical mistake
because hitting up on the ball will only causes a lot more
miss hits and give the player poor distance on each shot.
When you are swinging your irons and even fairway woods you
should be aiming at the bottom front of the ball itself or
even a little bit before the ball. This will allow the very
bottom of your swing arc to still be on a descending path
when you make contact with the golf ball.
If you watch a good player when they hit the ball with a
9-iron for example, you'll notice that their divots always
begin in front of the ball and never after the ball. What
this means is the golfer is making contact with the ball first
still on the downswing, and then contact with the turf takes
place. When this is done correctly the golf ball gets squished
or pressed between the clubface and the ground, witch increases
the compression and results in more distance and spin for
that particular shot. If you try to hit up on the ball with
your fairway woods or irons you could end up topping the ball
or even missing it.
There's always one exception to every rule. This one involves
hitting your driver off the tee. With this club you want to
try to make golf ball contact on the slight upswing or the
beginning of your upward swing arc. One of the main reasons
for doing this is because the driver has very little loft
and it's harder to get the ball into the air. The other reason
is the drivers now have very few grooves witch helps to eliminate
spin that is put on the ball during compression. It allows
the ball to travel through the air with a piercing or floating
type action and travel great distances.
One of the most important tips you can learn about equipment
and your golf game is when to make proper golf ball contact.
It all depends on what club you are using and the situation.
Try and use this little bit of info the next time you're on
the course and watch what happens.
About the Author
John Bolt is the owner of Golf Equipment Source and has created
the ULTIMATE FREE online guide to properly fitted equipment
used for golf. To learn more about golf equipment and what's
best for your game please visit our website at http://www.golfequipmentsource.com