Best golf practice drills: how to compress the ball better

If nothing else, you need to hit the ball before the turf. Here's a drill for practising this vital technique...

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TIP 1: GET THE BODY WEIGHT WELL FORWARD

Hitting a duff or fat shot can be a golfer's worst nightmare, so how do we avoid that horrible contact? Here's simple drill for better ball striking...

At set up put the ball well back in your stance with as much as 90% weight pushing forward on to your left with the right foot turned over on its side.

Putting all your weight forward will give you less chance of hitting the ground before the ball with a steeper swing path.


 

TIP 2: ARM SHOULDN'T BE HIGHER THAN HORIZONTAL

During the backswing, make sure you've maintained a straight left arm that goes no further than horizontal for more control on the downswing.

Feet position should be 25 degrees open throughout the swing to give you more of a stable base especially when hitting a ball back in your stance.

TIP 3: KEEP THE WRIST FIRM AFTER IMPACT

When swinging through to impact, you should hit the ball before the turf - thus creating a small divot an inch after the original ball position.

There should be little follow-through with your arms finishing short of parallel to the ground while making sure that all the weight has gone forwards. Try and feel as though the elbows feel closer together than at the start.

Get the hands forward of the clubhead at the finish and keep your wrists firm to avoid a dreaded duff.