How to Learn to Hit a Golf Ball

By Keith Dooley

Just about anyone can step onto a golf tee area, tee up a ball, and swing away. However, the difference between correctly striking the ball and not quickly becomes apparent. The stance, grip, swing and follow through are all important components that, when performed correctly together, combine to propel the ball high and straight toward the green. There are basics that should be understood by anyone attempting to hit a golf ball.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Insert a golf tee into the ground of a designated tee box. Place a golf ball on the tee.
Step 2
Place the club head directly behind the ball with the face, or flat portion, of the club facing the desired target.
Step 3
Assume a stance to the side of the ball, about arms length, with the feet spaced shoulder-width apart. Grip the club and straighten the arms so that they are in line with the shaft of the club. The knees should be slightly bent.
Step 4
Keep the right arm (for right handed golfers) close to the body and bring the club head back above the right shoulder. Maintain a good posture with the back straight, the arms straight, wrists bent and the head down.
Step 5
Smoothly bring the club head back down toward the ball, accelerating the head of the club with the motion. Make sure to keep the club head on a track which will allow it to contact the ball from the inside rather than from the outside in. Keeping the right arm close to the body will usually accomplish this.
Step 6
Follow through with the swing by bringing the club all the way through and behind the left shoulder. The head should follow the swing and turn to a point where the eyes can follow the ball in flight. The right foot should raise (for right handed golfers) with the final position being on the toes at the end of the follow through.

Tips & Warnings

Hit buckets of range balls repeatedly to fine tune the swing. Repetition is the best way to learn to hit a golf ball but make sure the swing is correct during practice.
Make sure of the target when hitting a golf ball and that there is no one down range who could be injured by a flying ball. Also make sure there is no one standing nearby when swinging a golf club.

About The Author

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for Associated Content in the past and has been a contributing writer at Demand Media Studios for the last year, writing mainly for eHow, Trails, Golflink and Travels.

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