Avoid High Golf Shots with this Release Drill

By Chuck Cook

Check Your Downswing

For those of you who hit the ball too high, you may have the ball positioned correctly, you may make a great backswing but on the downswing you might release the head of the club to early into the downswing so that the head of the club passes your hands at impact and adds loft to the clubhead. This makes the shot go to high.

Finding a Later Release

What you want to do is learn to create a later release of the clubhead so that your hands have a chance to travel a little farther in front of the ball; thereby, de-lofting the club and making the ball go lower. I have a wonderful drill to help you do this; it is called the Knockdown Under A Rope Drill.

Knockdown Under a Rope Drill

  1. What you need to do is set up a rope at about waist height between two shafts or find a tree where there is a low overhanging branch. Start out fairly close to the rope or branch and position the ball where you would normally have it in your stance.
  2. Then, just practice chipping the ball underneath the rope, trying to feel a later release to make the ball go lower. You can see that when I hit the ball as I get to impact my hands are farther forward in order to knock the ball underneath the rope.
  3. Next, I move a little farther away from the rope and my hands will have to be even farther forward to drive it under the rope from this position. You can see when I hit this ball that my hands were even farther out in front on that swing than on the last one.
  4. Last of all, move back even further and test yourself to see how far back you can go and still keep the ball underneath the rope. This will really teach you how to get a late release.

Practice for Perfection

By practicing knocking the ball down under a rope you will start to get your hands farther forward at impact as opposed to having the clubhead release early and make the ball go to high. This will produce the lower shots that you are looking for.

About the Instructor

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