Hit Through the Shot Properly, Swing Through Impact a Full Finish

Most golfers quit on the shot rather than powerfully swinging through the ball. This results in a glancing blow across the ball resulting in slices, hooks, or even topped shots.

Learn how to create a wide arc through the ball to compress the ball correctly and avoid destructive sidespin.

Hitting Through the Shot

  • In the perfect golf action, the club would be swung from the top of the backswing to a full finish in one smooth, uninterrupted move – the ball would simply get in the way of the swing.
  • Most club golfers, however, hit ‘at’ the ball, which results in overactive hands that flick through impact. Rather than creating a wide arc through the shot, the flicking hand action reduces the arc, which results in a glancing blow onto the ball.
  • To hit through the shot correctly, a golfer must learn to swing everything together in one coordinated movement. Try the following drill to let your body understand what hitting through the ball should feel like.

Drill to Hit Through the Shot Correctly

  • The best way to understand the feel of this is to try out this exercise.
  • Take a bucket of balls onto the golf range.
  • Using a seven iron take up your address position over the ball and place the club head actually against the ball so it’s touching.
  • Without having any backswing at all, swing the club to a full finish.
  • If you carry the action out correctly, the ball will be slung ten or twenty yards onto the driving range. Initially, the ball will almost be glued to the face as acceleration builds, but when enough momentum has been created, the ball will release away onto the range.
  • There should be a tremendous sensation of everything moving together to a full finish.
  • If the ball immediately slips off the face, it means you have overactive hands and are flicking at the ball.
  • Carry on practicing this drill until you sling the ball away five times on the trot.

Hit Through the Ball to Compress it Properly

This exercise will give you the widest possible arc through the shot. This means the club head points at the target for much longer than if you are flicking at the ball.

The width of the arc allows the ball and club to be in contact for the longest possible time, and rather than a glancing blow, the ball is compressed to its maximum.