One of the most fundamental necessities of golf is to elevate the golf ball. Although this may sound simple and easy, sometimes it can seem quite the opposite. What we like to call “wormburners” can quickly drive a round of golf into the ground, no pun intended, and in many cases it is difficult to recover. To elevate the ball, it is important to hit down on and through the golf ball, not “at” the ball.
When you’re having difficulty elevating the ball, remember to make a full turn with your whole body – first your lower body and hips, then your torso, then your shoulders. The club should be one of the last things to follow the turn of your body and one of the last things to turn on the downswing. This helps prevent you from hitting “at” the ball – one of the biggest killers of elevation.
Because many golfers often feel like they need to hit at the ball instead of through the ball to achieve their desirable result, this tends to be a more common case than it really should be. This disjunctive motion results in all kinds of bad shots that like to go in all directions, including into the ground, unpredictably. This disjunctive motion, what is most often the cause of “wormburners,” is one that is relatively easily combated at home. Find an object with some weight to it, such as a medicine ball or a decent-sized ball of any kind, and set a target reasonably far away, around 40 feet away. Your target could be anything from a bucket to a hula hoop to a towel; really just about anything works. The drill is then as simple as throwing the ball underhanded toward the target and trying to hit the target. This drill helps you to combat the compulsive urge to hit at the ball (a bad move on a North Myrtle Beach golf course) and allows you to feel what it is like to swing through the ball so you can mimic the feeling at Eagle Nest Golf Club.
A good indication that you have made a proper swing is that your hips and shoulders should line up. If they don’t at first, keep trying! Once you get it so that it is repeatable, try to transfer your new knowledge and feeling into your actual golf swing. Go to the driving range and hit a few balls, hit some into the net in your backyard, or even go out and play a few holes on any one of the many North Myrtle Beach golf courses. This will help you learn to swing through the ball properly and get you on your way to the next step for your golf swing. Remember, hitting down on the ball is what elevates the ball – the loft of the club will elevate the ball; you never have to help it into the air.