Fix Your High Golf Shot for More Power

Fix Your High Golf Shot for More Power

Why Am I Hitting the Golf Ball So High?

If someone calls me on the phone and tells me that they are consistently hitting the ball too high, the first question I ask them is whether they take a divot. Usually the answer is no they do not. So if you are a person who hits the ball too high and you do not take a divot you fall into a pretty heavy category. There are a lot of people doing the same thing.

Don't Release the Club Too Soon

So what is happening, why are you doing that? Well, it is almost always an early release. When the club is released too soon you can try to hit the ground, you can try to take a divot but you can not do it. You just release it and it won't hit the ground. That is because my release is happening, and I did that swing pretty fast, but it is coming back here behind the ball. I have let go of the golf club so that the time it get down to the golf ball the clubhead is already past my hands. If I did that up here you can see that if I am coming in to hit a golf ball and my club passes my hands you can see that the club is traveling up, it is not traveling down anymore. As soon as it goes past the grip up here it is traveling up.

How to Fix a High Trajectory Shot

With an iron we want to be striking down on the golf ball.

  • The cure is to slow down and get the feeling of a trailing clubhead and the hands getting more forwards and winning the race back to the golf ball when you hit the ball.
  • You could be sitting on your right leg as you come in back here and firing to get the ball in the air, that would be the other mistake. Weight back on the right leg and this kind of swing that lifts up going through.

Start with Small Swings

Those would be the two main mistakes, there are others, that would cause the ball to go too high consistently, and short and not take a divot. So the cure, do a lot of small swings where you learn to hit down on the golf ball, where you can strike the ground. Then you build that up. Maybe even go with a little three quarter golf shot like this. Where you hit the ground, take a little divot. Make sure you are striking the ball first. At our schools many times I will draw a line on the ground and just try to get people to hit in front of that line each time. At first if they do hit the ground it is behind the line. So practice striking the ball first and then the ground, the divot comes after contact.

Category: Trajectory
Sub-Category: High Shots, Hands, Impact, Practice
About the Instructor
Jim  McLean
Jim  McLean
Jim McLean Golf School
Doral Golf Resort and Spa
4400 NW 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178
Tel: 800-72-DORAL

Jim McLean runs the Jim McLean Golf Schools, considered by some the world's finest. He is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #3 instructor in the world.


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