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Golf Article - How to Improve Contact With Your Golf Ball


Contact is one of the most important parts of your golfing action. Without contact, you miss the ball and there is no golf played. Or worse, your stroke score rises steeply. You must also get good contact to achieve driving distance in your long shots. Problems in contact often originate in incorrect posture and stance.

Posture is one of the most neglected parts of golf – neglected by both golfers and coaches. It can be defined as the position of your body when addressing the ball, but before you have made a move to play. Naturally, if you start in the wrong position, you will end up hitting the ball off-target. Good golfing posture will most certainly improve your ability to make contact with the ball. It will also enhance your stamina and endurance and prevent many chronic injuries.


Since posture affects swing, once you have changed your posture you will almost certainly need to learn how to change your swing, too. It would be advisable to consult a professional to see where you need to make these changes. Once you know, be sure to practice in front of a mirror so that when you get to the green you'll be ready to go.

To improve your contact for a hook shot, which curves from right to left, start with a normal stance and grip, but pull the right foot back a few inches. The line of your feet should aim right of the target about 10/15 yards. This will put a counter-clockwise swing on the ball to produce the hook. To hit a slice you reverse this procedure and you can also weaken your grip by rotating your hands to the left.

If your high shot needs to improve, you have to start with the ball more forward than usual. At the point of impact, your spine angle should be slightly upward. If you keep your head back it will help you perfect this action. An upright swing plane will promote a higher ball flight. The reverse position achieves a low shot under trees or into the wind. That is, put the ball further back than usual, keep your spine vertical and use a shorter back swing.

Another reason for contact trouble could be that the size and length of the club is wrong for you. Try and have your clubs custom fitted. If that is too expensive, and you choose to buy your clubs off the rack, ask the assistant to show you how to test the fit in the shop.


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