Ty Andersen serves as Director of Instruction at The Ty Andersen Golf Academy, and has been named one of the Top 50 Kids Teachers by the US Kids Golf Company. He has developed seven different teaching programs that are registered with the PGA.
Junior Golfer Tips for Hitting Down on the Ball
Hit Down on the Golf Ball to Make it Go Up
Here is for the kids. One of the first things I try to do with the kids is introduce very early the concept that you need to hit down on the ball to make it go up in the air. I have already explained the pieces of the golf club to them and what they do, but they need to understand that when you hit the ball it needs to compress and roll up the clubface and put backspin on it to make it go up in the air and also to make that ball go straight.
Easy Drill for Teaching Kids to Hit Down
I have a little demonstration I use to show the kids how to do that. What I will do is put the ball in the ground and I will take a tee and put it right opposite where the ball is. Then what I will do is come up, take a little practice swing, try to brush the grass. Then I am going to hit a ball for them. Club down, feet together, spread them out and then hit the ball. Now I ask the kids to come forward and when they do what they are going to see is that my ball was even with the tee but originally but the divot is going forward of where the ball was. The reason that happened is because I hit down and through the ball to let it roll up the clubface to make that ball go up in the air. It is when you try to hit the opposite way, when you try to hit up on it, that is when you are going to get your line drives and your ground balls.
That is a concept that you need to introduce very early to the kids. Hit down on the ball to make it go up.
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Highland Oaks Golf Course
904 Royal Parkway
Dothan, Alabama 36305