How to Hit Down on a Golf Ball

By Glenn Mcanally

You can hit down on a golf ball by simply having the proper stance and set up. The clubs you need to hit down on the ball are the irons. When you hit down on the ball you produce a backspin. A golf ball with a backspin flies higher in the air and will not roll as far. If you choose the proper club to swing, you will see your ball land exactly where you want it. This article will explain where you must be in relation to the ball to make that downward strike.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Place the ball in the middle of your stance. This assures that your club will strike the ball before the bottom of the swing arc.
Step 2
Square the club face up to the ball. Be sure the bottom edge of the club head is parallel to the ground.
Step 3
Note the angle of your club shaft to the ground. As you swing keep this angle so that you stay on the swing plane. This helps you return the club to the exact position it was at before you swung.
Step 4
Begin your backswing with a 90-degree or more shoulder turn and try not to rush your club on the downswing.
Step 5
Release the club as your hands reach the ball.
Step 6
Follow through and afterward look for a divot as proof that you have hit down on the ball.

Tips & Warnings

If your ball is not launching high enough, experiment with the ball placement. Try putting it an inch or two forward from the middle of your stance. If that does not work, try putting it one to two inches in the opposite direction.
Don't chop down at the ball. You will still create backspin to give your ball loft, but your ball may only carry 10 to 20 yards. Your arms, especially your elbows, will suffer from the blow.

About The Author

Glenn McAnally is a thriller novelist and life long golfer who lives in Southern California. His most recent work is the action thriller Endangered as well as a story credit for the upcoming Nintendo DS title Elite Forces: Unit 77. He is a graduate of Villanova University.

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