Many beginning golfers worry about getting the ball in the air, so they try to lift it when they swing. In time, they learn that the loft of the club will do that for them, but lifting has been built into their conception of the golf swing. Until this idea is changed, the potential of their swing will be forever limited.
Let’s change that idea right now.
The purpose of the swing is to hit the ball out away from you to a certain distance that depends on the club’s construction. Getting the ball up in the air is not part of that.
When you bring the club into the ball at impact, think of hitting the ball so it starts off with a flat trajectory, dead level, not up and over. Think that you will hit the ball so it goes out from where it lies with no elevation added.
The club will get the ball in the air. Forget about that part of it. Your job is to hit the ball forward in a flat, level, horizontal line toward the target.
Also, resist the urge to hit harder. Hit the ball forward at your normal pace and let this trick work its magic.
You know the reason you don’t hit your driver well? It’s because you have been told to swing down with your irons and you do. Then you were told you have to be hitting the ball on the upswing with your driver and you do.
That’s two different swings and you’re only going to get one of them right, if at all. Normally it’s the driver swing that suffers the most.
But a swing built as if to send the ball off on a flat trajectory works with every club you put in your hand.
(Remember that post from a few weeks ago about a little squaring up move at impact? If you do what I’m telling you in this post, you’ll take care of that move at the same time.)