Controlling the Ball

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Controlling the Ball
Category: Impact
Sub-Category: Psychology, Swing Mechanics, Swing Plane

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Video Golf Tip | Controlling the Ball

To play good golf in your full swing you have to learn to control five things: the ball; the club; your body; your mind; and ultimately the golf course. When you look at the ball, which is the first thing you need to control, remember that the ball does absolutely nothing that the golf club does not tell it to do. So if you want ball control you must first have club control, but you need to understand how the club effects the ball. Let’s look at the ball. For now I am going to show you a larger ball. If I take this ball and I hit the inside (left side) of the ball then that ball will go off to the right. If I hit the bottom of the ball the ball will go up. If I hit the top of the ball the ball will go down and obviously the outside (right side) goes to the left. Now you have a clubface which is affecting the ball by putting spin on it, so you need to understand how the club affects your ball. When you look at a ball this size it becomes clear that if you do not hit the ball below its equator then the ball can not get in the air. Now here is a much smaller situation, an actual ball sitting on a tight lie. If I want to get that ball in the air I have to strike it somewhere below its equator. It is a whole lot easier to strike the ball below the equator if the club is moving down that when the club is moving up. When it is moving up a lot of bad things can happen. You can hit behind the ball, you can top the ball or you can miss-hit it many different ways. But if you are striking the ball slightly on the downswing you get better club-ball contact. The ball does what the club tells it to do. Let’s talk about how we can move the club to strike the ball more solidly.

About the Instructor
Jack Lumpkin
Jack Lumpkin
Sea Island Golf Club
100 Retreat Ave.
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
Tel: 912-638-5119

Jack Lumpkin is a legendary instructor to PGA Tour Pro Davis Love III and is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #12 instructor in the world.


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