How To Stop Hitting Behind The Golf Ball (SIMPLE FIX!)

Hey, guys, Eric Cogorno here with Performance
Golf Zone. In today’s video, we’re going to talk about
how to stop hitting behind the golf ball. I want to explain why it’s happening, what
you need to do to correct it, and then how you can practice it with a couple simple feedback
drills. So, in terms of hitting behind the ball, let’s
first sort of define what we want to do, and then we’ll talk about, what are the ways and
things you can do to stop that from happening, and I’ll give you some drills to do. Now, I’m going to pull a simple alignment
rod. Now, we’re on a mat here, on which an alignment
rod here will work fine. If you’re on the grass, you can use, sort
of, spray-paint a line or just have a line as a reference. A piece of tape, something like that would
work fine. Now, what I’m going to do is, I’m going to
put this alignment rod basically straight in line with the golf ball on the ground. So, the point here is, obviously, when we’re
hitting too far behind the ball, that compromises our contact, compression, distance the ball
goes. We want to fix that. So, the goal would be, if I were to take a
normal setup here, if we watch good golfers, their club will come down, will strike the
ball first, and hit the ground second. So, if I remove this golf ball, and that’s
the line where it normally is on, what we want to be able to train to do is have the
club head hit in front of the line where our golf ball would be. That’s the first piece of this. So, when someone would come in to train this
in person, if we have solidness of contact issues, I will put a line on the ground, we’ll
set up as if the golf ball’s right on it, and we’ll start with little short swings,
just chip length, and get you getting that club head to hit the ground in front of it. So, just little short, foot-long swings just
to understand, “Hey, this is what I’m trying to do here first. Can I get the club head hitting the ground
there in the right spot?” After you can do this with little half-swings,
I’d typically want somebody to be able to do three to five in a row like that, we’d
gradually build up swing length and speed. So, if I can do it from a little half-swing,
I would then kind of build into about a three-quarter-length swing to do it, and then, eventually, I’d
go into my full-length swing, just being aware of where the club head is hitting the ground
relative to the line. Obviously, you have to be careful with this
alignment rod in terms of hitting it and the feedback you would get. Just a simple piece of tape or spray-paint
on the ground would be ideal here. But, that’s the first concept. Obviously, we’re trying to not hit behind
the ball. We want to hit in front of it. Now, what are the factors that influence where
the club hits? Well, there’s a couple involved, but there’s
two main influencers here. The first part is weight distribution and/or
where your body is in space, meaning, if I took a normal setup, let’s say I’m 50/50 with
my weight in my feet, the more I move me, my mass of my body, to my right or to the
right of the golf ball, the more I do that anywhere in my swing increases the odds of
me hitting behind the ball. Sort of, loosely, if you were to imagine your
low point is associated with where your sternum location’s at, the more that I turn to the
right and shift to the right, the more my chest is to the right, the more I’m going
to hit behind the ball, or at minimum, I have to do a lot to get back to neutral at the
golf ball. So, where I shift where my body is, obviously,
if I go to the right, that makes it harder, but then, also, if I stay to the right, if
I’m too far to the right with my body and my weight in my feet, the odds of me hitting
fat shots increase dramatically, where I’ll hit more fat shots compared to if I’m more
left. And then, the opposite of that becomes true,
meaning, if I had me being more middle, I don’t want you to be way left when you go
back, but if I stayed somewhat centered over the ball, my sternum location is still right
over it, decreases the odds of fat shots. And then, during my downswing, I want to be
moving a little bit to my left. So, if I wanted to never hit a fat shot again,
completely eliminate it, I would be 50/50 with my weight in my feet at address, my head
would be right over the golf ball. As I went back, I’d stay relatively feeling
like I’m 50/50. I’d stay turned pretty much centered, not
a big shift to the right, and then I would shift with my weight and a little bit of my
body to the left. The more I move me to the left, you could
imagine, if that line is still on the ground, more of my body to the left would certainly
be easier to have the club hit out in front of the ball. More of my body to the right would make me
hit more behind it. That’s point number one. The second part with hitting in front of the
line is rotation. So, in a simple sense, the more I rotate during
the follow-through, the more my body is open to the target. Again, imagine my sternum location, I said. Not only where it is in space, right or left,
influences where I’m going to hit the ground, but also, where it is in space, right or left,
in terms of rotation. The more it’s pointed to the right, obviously,
how am I going to get that club up in front of the golf ball from here? It’s very difficult. If I’m pointed to the left, I’m already pointed
in front of the golf ball, very easy for me to hit in front. So, that would be the second piece I would
do, which would be, I would want to have the most body rotation, or turn my body more towards
the target to increase the odds of hitting in front of the line. If it was like a life-on-the-line type of
thing, I would do those two the most, meaning, first, I’d get myself to the left of the line
with weight in my feet and my body during the downswing. I’d also open up a lot. I’d turn a bunch. That would make it easiest for me to hit in
front of the line. And test that for yourself. Put that line down and try and do it where
you don’t shift left and don’t turn your body, and you’re going to have a heck of a time
getting it in front. If I enable myself to turn and shift left,
it’s going to be a whole heck of a lot easier. That would be the first part that I think
that I would do to get hitting behind the ball. Put the line on the ground. See what feels you need to have to do it. Look at these two pieces first – weight transfer
and turn. The more you do those two, the easier it’s
going to be. Now, the last thing I would do from a drill
perspective to check is, I just have a towel here, and you could use a towel, a head cover,
some sort of object behind you. What I do is take a normal-sized towel, maybe
you could just use a beach towel or a bathroom towel, and I would put this behind the golf
ball. So, if I fold it over once or twice, and I
put the towel, typically, I’ll put it roughly about a grip, maybe a little bit more than
a grip behind the golf ball and have it somewhat level, and I’m using this as a reference point. So, when I make swings, I want to the have
the towel just high enough off the ground where I know, if I miss that towel, I’m going
to hit the ball solid and not hit behind it. So, I’d probably have the ball just slightly
farther back here, and I’m going to rehearse those two feels. I’m going to want to miss the towel. I want to make sure I shift left, and open
as I go. Those are going to be my two main pieces. We’ll go ahead and demonstrate while I’m here. And that was a nice ball, first contact. And, again, whether you choose to use the
towel, you can use the alignment rod as feedback, you want to have something where you know,
“Hey, if I miss this object, I’ve done this correctly.” Again, shifting to the left and turning will
help me get rid of my fat shots. And there’s another pretty solid ball for
a strike there. So, line on the ground, towel behind for feedback. Understand that you want to move more of you
towards the target. You want to turn more to decrease the odds
of fat shots. If you catch yourself hanging back on your
right or shifting too much to the right in the beginning, you want to fix that. If you notice you don’t have enough rotation
during the downswing follow-through, you want to fix that piece too. So, look at those parts first. Hope that that makes sense. If you guys liked this video, click the Like
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42 thoughts on “How To Stop Hitting Behind The Golf Ball (SIMPLE FIX!)

  1. Thanks Eric great instruction and drill – also do you believe in the squat just prior to the downswing- maybe you can discuss during your Monday’s “live” show. I really enjoy our videos.

  2. This teacher makes the subject a little more complicated than it really is. Although his fundamentals are correct, (with the exception of the rotation), I don't feel they are in the best order. The problem with rotation is, that if you start the swing with a rotation, it increases the chance of a mishit (of all sorts). Also, the all important weight shift how-to-do is not explained for the beginner, or high handicapper. Also, he totally avoids the most important functions of a good swing, and that is the swing rhythm and keeping the head down..

  3. Why this teacher avoids "keeping the head down" and it's vital importance is a mystery. Raising the head before impact is likely the leading cause of a fat shot.

  4. I wish he had explained the how to of weight shift, which is vital, and I give him credit for that point. But "rotation" is double edged. First, rotation can only assist a good swing; it doesn't make one. And it is dangerously double edged, in that if overdone, it can cause horrific over the top shots, and worse yet, the dreaded shank. Am I allowed to say the word "shank" publicly?

  5. Hey Eric. Just wanted to say thanks. I had been having trouble hitting behind the ball. I knew all about keeping centered but was still having problems. But thanks to you all is well. One place I didn't check was rotation thru impact. I hit it far and have fast hips but I wasn't turning thru completely. Thanks man, huge improvement. Love your site.


  6. This is terribly frustrating to watch. If a player is hitting behind the ball, he’s very likely casting the club. None of these drills address that problem. Instead, they encourage the player to hold the club off longer, leaving them less time to square the face up by impact.

  7. Thank you for the tips! Would it be good practicing off the mat for this drill though? I feel like the ground is less forgiving when you hit a fat shot

  8. I have had 3 lower back surgeries and now have a foot drop on my left foot. I must wear an air cast on my left ankle to prevent me from rolling my ankle. I therefore have problems getting my weight shifted to my left side and hit a lot of fat shots. Any suggestions for me?

  9. hi ya mark c you play in glasses like me and other players , can you help us ? my last match for the club made me feel ashamed because of the dam rain , for 14 holes I hit the ball well but where it went not a clue . putting was crap . MY GLASSES HAD FIFTEEN OR SO IT SEEMED RAINBOWS ON EACH LENS . DO YOU KNOW OF ANY WAY I CAN KEEP THEM CLEAR , ANY ADVICE OTHER THAN TAKE THEM OFF WOULD HELP. PLEASE PAUL

  10. on your comments on do I or not gimmie a put in matchplay well !! I keep them off balance . If they are stroking it well I wont give it if they are hit and miss I'll give some and if they miss first putt then front 9 I'll give most but back 9 nothing. after all it's a match and I'm here to win.

  11. hi again mark c , I used to play with a guy off 20 h/c and if a high score for him like 9,10 , on opening hole its or that's it might as well go in , I on the other hand laugh it off and think I've x amount of shots therefore it's a 10 say with a shot so 5 over with 17 holes to get 5 back , it's when 12 over I just have a crack .paul

  12. Of all the golf tip videos out there, you explain this clearly and without a lot of excess swing thoughts. Well done!

  13. Fun Fact: It is allmost impossible to hit it fat if your swingthought is working "to the target" instead of "to the ground" (here a point behind the ball), just saying 😀
    Learn from the Matrix's Oracle: "There is no ball!(spoon)"

    You are mentioning, that you want your students to repeat it 4-5 times without stopping. THAT is why your fix works, as the students get a realization of what the club WILL do in an uncontrolled situation (like their golf swing) and how to let it work properly to not loose balance and create a lot of speed. If you learn that, you won't ask for more consistancy

  14. Dude has a baseball swing for a golf instructor. Dont finished your golf swing leaning on back foot…….just saying.

  15. You know 95% of golf tips, drills, et al, don’t click with me. But where you demonstrated keeping body centered during the swing clicked. I went hit about 20 balls with my irons and got instant results. Even helped the driver, thanks!

  16. Instead of using left/right descriptions wouldn't it be more professional to talk in terms of front/back, target/back, or something similar which isn't tied to right handed people? One could say something like"shift your weight twords the target" instead of "on to the right foot."


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  20. Right after reading these golf swing strategies “Jοmtοnο Naha” (Google it) and exercising the drills as I study, I went out and also shot a 73. Another accomplishment I have done is hitting 13 of 18 greens in regulation. On the other five holes, I got close to striking five to ten yards with the green. My handicap is a 9 so I do not shoot 73s all the time. It`s been actually a very long time ever since I made an excellent round.. .

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