How Do I Hit a Golf Ball in the Air?

By Robert Preston
Many new golfers struggle to elevate their shots once they are no longer sitting on a tee.
Many new golfers struggle to elevate their shots once they are no longer sitting on a tee.

Getting the ball into the air is an essential skill for hitting satisfying shots that travel any significant distance. While it seems as though it should be an easy task, as the angle of the club will naturally angle the ball into the air when it contacts it, many players struggle because they do not allow the club to do the work in raising the ball.

Understand that the key to getting the ball to go up in the air is to hit down on it, and that shots along the ground are signs that you are not getting down enough with your club. A snubbed ball is caused by the club already beginning to swing up from the ground at contact, causing the front of the club to hit the ball instead of the face.

Visit a driving range where you can hit your balls off a natural grass setting, as natural grass will provide you with the ability to leave a divot to measure your success with.

Place a ball on the ground, and address it so that the club face, your shoulders, hips and feet all point down the target line or, in the case of the parts of your body, parallel to the target line.

Bring the club back by turning your hips and shoulders, allowing your back arm to bend naturally while keeping your front arm straight, and allowing your wrists to bend in at the top of the swing, so the club is pointed down the line.

Swing down through the ball, releasing your hands forward as you near contact with ball, striking down on the ball at the moment of impact and creating a divot in front of the ball.

Place your next ball at the back of the divot you just created.

Repeat the process, aiming to send your club through the same divot every time. If your divot continues to move backward, it is a sign that you are hitting behind the ball, and likely striking the ball with the front edge of the club instead of the face, which is why you are topping or skulling your shots.

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