Do you want to hit the golf ball like a pro? The only trick is practicing and proper form and you could be the next Tiger Woods. Golf athletes come in all sizes and shapes, but the only thing that matters the most is their stance and the grip. To golf ball like a pro, you have to set up your body athletically. In this guide, we are going to share with you simple instructions on how to prepare your stance and hit the golf ball sky-high like an expert.
The perfect Stance
Before going for the golf club, you have to practice the perfect set-up stance. Stand with your body erect, and the arms should be at your sides. The feet should be separated but firmly on the ground. Choose a comfortable width but experts recommend that your feet width should be similar to your shoulder or hip-width when standing apart. A wide width will limit your movement when striking the ball.
Bend your knees
The stance in your legs is important when supporting your full body weight; make sure you to bend your knees a little bit as this stance will generate very powerful swing ability when hitting the ball. Flex your legs naturally to get that bounce from the set-up.
The spine should be at an angle to the ground and bend your hips slightly. Bending your spine at an angle ensures that your body remains balanced so that you don’t lean too far backward or forward. Some golfing experts recommend that the angle of the spine to the ground should be approximately 40 degrees. That’s why senior golfers bend forward slightly before hitting the golf ball.
While still bending at an angle, your arms should be comfortably hanging while your shoulders are straight down. When you lean more towards the ground, your hands will be hanging further from their natural bending position, which is not good for hitting the golf ball like an expert. Allow your hands to be closer to your body when in this position.
The instructions above were just the basic stuff on how to set-up a perfect stance before going for a golf shot. The instructions we are going to share with you below are important additions that will fine-tune the original set-up for precise golf shots.
Always adjust your front feet to be in tandem with your physical ability. Your front foot should be in a counterclockwise direction to the target for you to swing perfectly on your front foot. This set-up helps reduce any stress or strain on the front knee when swinging.
The trail foot determines your ability to turn when swinging the golf club. Turning your trail foot clockwise increases your mobility and ability to rotate when going for a golf shot. Most beginner golf clubs advise you to try out different positions with both feet when finding the most ideal position for swinging.
Aligning your body well helps you hit the golf ball where you intend to hit it. Experts advise you to align your knees, feet, shoulders, and hips parallel to the target being hit, in this case, a golf ball. This stance will help you hit the golf ball perfectly for a clean golf shot when you play golf.
Hitting the golf ball with a driver
In this section, we are going to show you how to adapt your swing when hitting the golf ball with a driver. We will also tell you about the tee, and what to do in case the golf club is longer. What is a driver? We know most of you are confused when it comes to hitting the golf ball with a driver. For beginners, the longest golf club is the driver.
Should you tee the golf ball low or high?
Before hitting the golf ball, you must place the ball on a tee which suspends the golf ball in the air and this feature gives you a head start since the golf ball is suspended in the air. When teeing your golf ball, we recommend that the golf club’s face geometric center be no higher than one and a half of the golf ball. The reason for that recommendation is to give the golf drivers little loft on the golf club’s face. This loft should be roughly 10-12 degrees, which makes it easier to get the golf ball up in the air when you play golf.
Tee the golf ball near your lead foot while moving your body to the side slightly. If you tee the golf ball near your back foot, the driver will hit the ball when it is still moving down and it will be harder for you to get the golf ball up in the air. Always tee the golf ball further forward for it to travel more with the driver for a clean shot. It gives your shot a better contact with the golf ball.
Your arms and club should be straight
After teeing your golf ball further forward, adjust your stance so that you grip the handle of the golf club well. Experienced golfers swing their drivers such that their golf club and their lead arm are in a straight line. For you to perfect this position, if the driver’s clubface points to your left, then the club’s grip or handle points towards your belt buckle. Perfecting this stance helps you get a more accurate golf shot. Always remember that the club, the ball, and your lead shoulder should be in a straight line.
If you want to hit the golf ball sky high with a driver, and we are talking of heights above 300 yards, your trail shoulder should be lower than your lead shoulder. You should give it some tilt for you to achieve those heights when hitting the golf ball. The further the height of your golf shot, the more the tilt between your lead and trail shoulder.
Hitting the golf ball with an iron
Most people think it’s impossible to hit a golf ball without teeing it. Well, try using golf irons. Here is a simple explanation, when you swing your golf club, during that circular motion there comes a point where the golf club touches the ground and begins to ascend. It ascends at the lowest point beneath the golf ball and this occurrence makes the golf ball attain your preferred height.
When using an iron, the golf ball should be placed in the closer to your stance and this point is known as the low point of the golf swing. It is worth noting that with a driver, you narrowly miss contact with the ground while swinging.
Move the handle and hips forward
The low point is vital in getting your golf ball in the air while it was sitting on the grass, that’s why you should get your stance right. To start with, the ball should be close enough to the middle of your stance.
Secondly, the club, golf ball and your lead shoulder should be in a straight line. You’ll notice that the further you place the golf ball forward, the angle becomes less.
Thirdly, your hips and weight stance should shift to your front foot. The main reason for shifting your weight is that if the weight is further from the trail foot, the swing created might hit the grass first before hitting the golf ball which results in a lackluster shot.
Hinge the club before hitting your target
To create maximum power and accuracy when you play golf, you must hinge the golf club. To better understand this occurrence, think of hitting a nail with a hammer. Your forearms and the hammer create a lever while the hinge becomes your wrist.
When you release the lever, in this case, your forearm, the hammer hits the nail. At this point, the hammer and your arm are in a straight line, same as swinging your golf club to hit the golf ball. It is powerless to swing the golf club without a hinge when hitting a golf ball. When you hinge the golf club, it travels in a vertical angle which makes the descending angle bigger as it returns to the golf ball. A shallow angle will skim the golf ball’s surface resulting in a bad golf shot.
Best Practice Drill
Golfing experts came up with an L to Straight practice drill which helps you perfect your stance and swinging angle. Here is how you should go about it.
First, shift your body weight to your front leg which reduces swinging, mistakes like moving backward while swinging the golf club.
Secondly, when the golf club reaches your waist height, your lead arm and the club should be L in shape or at an angle of 90 degrees. It requires lots of practice before perfecting this drill. After perfecting this drill, you’ll be able to strike the same spot repeatedly on the turf.
How do you know the swing is right during the drill? Draw a line on the grass, swing your golf club and hit a target. If you hit on the line or in front of it, then you are doing fine, if you hit repeatedly behind the line, then you need to put more effort into your swinging.
Initially, you should practice without a ball, but if you master this technique well. Place the ball on the line and swing your shot then see the difference.
How to get the golf ball direction right
Accuracy is paramount when hitting a golf ball as the direction and height it takes depends on your swing ability. Two factors determine the direction and curvature of your golf ball. One of them is the direction which the golf club head points when it strikes the golf ball. Simply put, the direction the clubhead was facing at the point of impact is the direction the golf ball will take when ascending after impact. Secondly, the degrees the clubface was moving in or out when striking the ball determines its curvature.
Getting those low shots
Two of the most common reasons for changing the golf balls trajectory are for more accuracy and wind problem. During windy days, go for a low shot as the further the ball climbs into the wind, the more errant it becomes because of factors like lateral dispersions. Also, a low ball flight reduces the time in the air for it to rock side by side resulting in a bad shot.
Hitting the ball with more power
We came across a term known as the smash factor, which is the ratio of clubhead speed and the ball speed right after the impact. The clubhead speed depends on your hinging ability which controls the low points and your ability to generate high speeds in a small time frame. If you perfect the smash factor variables well, you’ll create high power shots to the envy of your golf buddies.
How about a wedge?
If you need increased heights or ball lifts, you should try using a wedge. A wedge is a special iron used to increase the lift ability of your golf ball. The most common wedges are the gap wedge, sand wedge, and the pitching wedge.
To shed more light on this wedge factor, most wedges provide you varying loft angles. The sand wedge will give you a loft angle of 55-59 degrees while a pitching wedge gives you a loft angle of 40-50 degrees. The gap wedge provides a loft angle of 51-54 degrees. Understanding these angles is vital because golf irons are best for taking those mid-range golf shots with more accuracy.
It’s good to master these stance techniques to golf like a pro the next time you play golf. They are simple to follow, even for beginners, plus they make your shot more accurate. Practice these instructions and share with us your golfing experience. Happy golfing.