How to hit a golf ball?
“A big part of managing a golf course is managing your swing on the course”– Jack Nicklaus
When you play golf, you play it with all your heart. You put your mind and soul into the game and finish it off with sheer accuracy and elegance. However, it’s not easy to rule over the shots that you will be playing on the field. Well, not unless you genuinely possess a vast knowledge about the proper hits and the ways to make the perfect shots!
Sometimes you make some embarrassing hits or send the ball further away from your target spot. Sometimes, you can’t even achieve a far-off distance in simple fade or draw shots. Numerous scenarios can go wrong while hitting the ball on the field. You can only avoid this by mastering your hit by knowing the fundamentals and the golf lesson’s depth: how to hit a ball correctly.
In this article, we will discuss the basics, the general way to hit a ball, the differences in hitting a ball with different clubs, the mistakes you need to avoid, and other relevant information. So, without delay, let’s get started!
Learn some fundamentals here
Before we start our impending discussion about hitting a golf ball, we think it will help if you learn the basics. Here are some terms that golfers often use when it comes to striking a ball with their club. So, let’s see!
Firstly, you need to know about the pose. Your posture is vital for hitting the ball in the right direction. If it’s wrong, you might end up sending the ball far away from the intended target spot or, worse, sending your club flying in the air.
This term defines the position of the club right behind your ball on the ground. When you are addressing the ball, it means you are preparing for the hit.
This is the point on the golf course where you plan to send the ball after the hit. It can be a distant point on the fairway or the hole on the green.
Green is the part of the golf field where the hole and the flagstick are placed. Generally, this part lies far away from where you stand initially.
This is where the grass is cut short and lies right between the tee and the putting green. The fairway excludes the sand pits, water hazards, the roughs, trees, and other forms of hurdles.
Here are the general tips for hitting the ball
If you haven’t noticed, then we would like to inform you that the steps to hit a golf ball correctly vary with the club. For example, if you are using a driver, the way of hitting the ball will be different than hitting from the iron. But the overall lesson is the same. With the variation in the club, you will have to learn the details.
Rest assured, once you know the general tips to hit a ball, you won’t have any problem understanding and remembering everything we will discuss about the different shots.
So, let’s learn about the fundamental way to hit a ball with any club!
For hitting the ball, you need to make a swing. This consists of three main parts, the first of which is the takeaway. It would help if you move the club in a backward direction, making sure your grip is not faltering, and your arms and shoulders are moving together.
Do not bend your left elbow while moving the club in the backward direction. All the work should be done using your wrist because it is the only part of your arm that forms a hinge.
The backswing is where you will move your arms further back such that the club reaches its extreme position. Here, your body will halfway bend towards the back, your upper torso, to be exact. Also, try not to incline your lead arm in this part.
As far as the legs are concerned, only bend your lead knee towards the ball’s right side. This will shift the weight to your trailing leg and help you move your hip slightly without discomfort.
Once your club reaches its farthest point behind your body, you need to make the downswing. It means you need to bring down the club to its initial position and hit the ball. In a downswing, you need to reverse everything you have done in the previous two steps.
It includes shifting the weight to your lead leg, bending your lead arm, and bringing down the club right next to the ball with enough speed, which will send it flying towards the target.
- Follow – through
In reality, follow – through is a part of maintaining an etiquette and sophistication on the golf course. Right after hitting the ball, hold your position with your club resting above your lead shoulder, your trail arm is bent at the wrist while your weight should be shifted entirely on the lead leg.
Perfect your ball shot with the iron
Irons are one of the most important groups of clubs in a complete set. It helps a player drive the ball out of any hurdle and gain control over the ball speed and distance traveled. There are generally at least three to four irons in a club set, each being distinguished by a number.
Despite the differences, the manner of hitting the ball with any of the irons is the same. We are sharing a few tips to help you during the times when you use the iron clubs.
- Golf ball placement
When you are using an iron club for your next shot, you need to change the ball’s position. It should be placed close to your body, either close to your lead leg or right in the middle of your split legs. Keep the ball as near to your body as possible, with just a minimal distance. The best way to place the ball on the ground is right along the line of your sternum.
Once the ball has been appropriately placed on the ground, it’s time to perfect your stance. Your body comes in an angle with the ball. The steeper the angle, the better will be the shot. The lead arm, club, and the ball must be in a straight line before the swing. Tilt your hips in the outward direction and transfer the weight on the lead leg.
This will prevent you from hitting the turf way before you hit the ball.
When you swing your hands, make sure you use your arm’s wrist like a hinge to form the lever. Put your strength on the wrist and the forearm for swinging the club. Your wrist should be closed off during the backswing, but when the club moves down, you need to release the pressure so that the impact can be strong enough to send the ball in the air.
Using the drivers to hit the ball perfectly
Drivers are the biggest wood-clubs, and they are the longest in terms of length in the entire club set. This particular club hits the ball off the tee into the farthest point on the fairway. Using a driver will give you an advantage of more distance as compared to other clubs – the ball speed will be enormous compared to the irons.
Handling the driver is a bit different from the iron since both these clubs’ purposes are different. So, let’s see how you hit a ball entirely off the tee using a driver.
- Teeing the ball
The first step is setting the tee at the proper height on the ground. If your tee is placed low, the ball will barely reach the middle of the clubface and hence, you might find it difficult to send it in the air.
Again, if the tee is placed too high, you will lose control over the swing and the ball. This is why you need to place the tee at a proper height such that half the portion of the ball is above the club head’s top edge.
- Position of the ball
In the last section, we discussed that you need the ball closest to your body while playing with an iron.
However, in the case of the driver, it’s just the opposite. You have to place the ball further away from your body in the front direction. This is because the driver is the longest club, and hence, you have to create enough room to stretch your arms and your club in the front without disturbing the ball.
- Arms and club layout
The next task is to establish proper alignment of the club and the arms. When you are gripping the club at the far end, make sure your arms are stretched out tightly in the front, with no inclination in your elbow and wrist joint. The clubface must point to the target’s right with the grip end slightly pointing towards your lower stomach region.
- Shoulder tilt
To achieve accuracy in your shot, you need this last-minute advice. Right before you take the swing, make sure you make this slight change in your posture. Tilt your shoulders to the right in a way where the lead shoulder will sit on top of the line as compared to the trailing shoulder. This helps to hit up on the ball and eventually get a better contact.
Hitting a low shot on the golf ball
Sometimes, when you are playing the game in windy situations and want to put the ball into the hole in a single stroke, you need to focus more on the distance rather than the height. This is where a low shot comes into the scenario.
A low shot means that you are giving the ball enough push to launch it into the air. Once it reaches the midpoint of the trajectory, it uses the speed and covers a great distance along the path’s descending slope. You will need the driver and your target point to be set either to the fairway for making such a shot.
Follow these steps to make a perfect low hit on the ball:
- Place the ball more towards your right leg and close to your body just like you do with an iron shot.
- The club handle should be in line with your straightened arm and right in front of the ball.
- The swing should be in a way where your arms form a complete ninety-degree with the club at the backswing time.
- Do not put a lot of speed in the downswing. Instead, take your time and slowly hit the ball without interacting with the turf.
Hitting a high shot on the golf ball
If you want a high flight, you need to increase the ball speed and spin. You can achieve this by using a wedge or any of the irons. Here’s how you can launch the ball high up in the air.
- Keep the ball close to your body while maintaining a steeper angle between your sternum and the ball.
- Place the ball more to your left foot.
- Even though the club should be in line with your lead arm, it shouldn’t form a large angle.
- Perpendicular orientation of the club and your lead arm is essential during the backswing.
- Don’t hold back during the downswing. If your swing has gained speed, do not let it go and hit the ball with the same force.
Hitting the golf ball right is all about timing, precision, practice, alignment, and calculation. Without these, you can never make a good shot, let alone the best. You need to put your brain and your senses into the game. Try to find your weak spots, discard them, and out the strength at the swing time. If you aren’t ready to take a new shot, learn from scratch.
Everything should be perfect for making an ideal hit without a miss.