Stop Hanging Back to Avoid High Golf Shots

By Chuck Cook

For those of you who hit the ball too high, you might be setting up correctly, you might be getting a good backswing, but on the downswing you tend to hang back on your right side. This hanging back on the right side causes you to add loft to the club and hit the ball too high. What you would like to have happen is that from the top of the backswing you would like to shift to your left foot and then rotate so that when you finish all of your weight will be in front of where the ball was. A good exercise to help you get the correct feeling of this follow-through is the shadow drill.

The Shadow Drill

  1. You will notice that I am facing my shadow and I placed this club down perpendicular on the ground and in the middle of my shadow to my stance to represent my spine.
  2. On the backswing what I try to do is turn so that all of my weight is behind the shaft.
  3. Then as I follow-through I want to make sure that all of my weight finishes in front of the shaft.

Study Your Shadow

If you are hanging back what you will see is that when you finish a lot of your weight will be behind that shaft, thus your shadow will not move in front of the shaft when you are finished with your swing. So use the shadow drill to get behind the ball and then to move through the ball, so that you end up hitting the ball on the right trajectory.

About the Instructor

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