You just hit a shot. It felt great. The question is what is the sequence of impact? Was it club, ground, ball? Was it ground, ball, club? Well maybe it was club, ball, ground. Think of CBG. Club hits ball hits ground. Think of chewing bubble gum as a very simple acronym for remembering that. Chewing bubble gum produces the ideal impact.
On the Range
Let's put this in terms that you will understand very easily. When you go to the driving range in the summer would you rather hit of the turf or would you rather hit off of the matts? If you prefer matts you are hitting the club off the matt and then it is skipping up in to the ball. Then because of it you are making two sounds. Club hitting ground hitting ball is a skipping action, two noises. Club, ball, ground makes one continuous sound because as the club is coming down into the ball the handle is leading the head, the face hits the back of the ball coming from an elevated position, you smash the ball right there but then the entire divot occurs after the golf ball. When that occurs, backspin occurs, trajectory control occurs and the feel and the sound is magnificent.
Hit the Ball, Not the Dirt
Let me show you a couple different impacts. Here is the most common one in golf. That was the club bouncing on the ground and then brushing into the ball. That means that you just hit it with the leading edge of the club. Well the loft is way up here in the middle of the clubface. This is the ideal one, and then our divot over there. When you top it the club is coming up through the ball. That means the lowest point of the arc is occurring somewhere well behind the golf ball and the club is coming up to it and that is just a stage of learning.
Hear the Difference
If you are a new player your brain is telling you to get the ball up you need to get the clubhead under it. Nothing could be further from the truth. What you want looks and sounds like this. Maybe, I might trick you. Well that certainly was not it. Look where the divot was in relation to where the ball was. That is club, ground, ball. Listen to the difference. That is club, ball, ground. The first divot occurred well before impact, this one occurred directly in front of the golf ball. So remember you are looking for CBG and the next time someone says do you want to practice on matts or turf you make sure and tell them turf because it feels, sounds and goes a lot better.