It's one of the most common golf questions that a golf coach receives: how to stop hitting the ground first behind the golf ball.
If this is something you are fed up of doing out on the golf course, then you have arrived at the right place as PGA pro Danny Maude has got some simple and easy drills for you to work on to ensure you consistently hit the golf ball first every time. One of his drills involves the use of a dog ball thrower. Yes, a dog ball thrower...
DANNY'S BEST TIPS FOR HITTING THE GOLF BALL FIRST EVERY TIME
1) Most people who hit the ground behind the ball, when they approach impact, the club face is an open position. Your body is smart, so what it does instead is it tries to do its best for you as you flick your wrists and try to the face up to the ball at impact. As a by-product, you will likely hit the ground first before the ball, or you will top it or thin it.
2) I want you to work on rotation, and work on some small backwards and forwards movements - watch from 4 minutes to see the exact drill I want you to work on. I want small movements but I want you to try and hit the ball straight, and get the feeling of keeping the face square through impact. I want you to exaggerate this movement to get the feeling. Spend a good 15 minutes on working on this motion and hitting some shots.
3) Now I want you to develop this movement and feeling. Get some softness and lag to the motion. Try and snap at the ball - watch from 6:40 mins to see the exact drill I want you to work on. I recommend you hop off to your local pet store and get a dog ball thrower. Why? Because the lead hand is ahead and it's the most powerful way to throw a ball and to generate speed - watch from 7 mins to see this exact drill. Get one of these as it will help you add speed and power to this motion. Now make some small swings with it, and toss the dog ball thrower into your practice net.