The Correct Ball Position to Stop Hitting Low Shots

By Chuck Cook

For those of you who hit the ball too low, we know what causes this is that the handle is too far in front of the clubhead, thereby de-lofting the club at impact. What may be the cause is that you merely position the ball too far back in your stance.

Examine Your Ball Position

If the ball is too far back in your stance, therefore, you are set up in front of the ball, de-lofting the club right at address. What I would like you to understand about your ball position, if you were to pick the ball up off the ground and bring it up to your face, the correct ball position would be right off the left side of your face. A good drill to help you get the correct ball position is the three clubs drill.

Three Clubs Drill

  1. What I would like you to do is first lay a club down to represent your target line just outside of the ball.
  2. Then lay another club down parallel to that one on the inside of your ball to represent your stance line.
  3. Then take the third club and lay it down perpendicular to the second club with the butt end of that third club against the ball and the shaft in between your legs.

Correcting Your Ball Placement

If you are set up and the ball is too far back in your stance that will be readily apparent to you. So you will understand that when you take your set up the third shaft should be slightly left of the center of your body and just off the left side of your face. This will bring the handle back to be more even with the ball, put the loft back on the club and get that higher trajectory you are looking for.

About the Instructor

Chuck Cook
Chuck Cook
Chuck Cook Golf Academy
Spicewood, TX 78669
Tel: 512-329-4000