How to Compress a Golf Ball

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Posted November 8, 2012 by Golficity in Golf Instruction


Chances are somewhere along the line you’ve heard a golf instructor talking about “compressing the ball.”  When you compress a golf ball, your club head drives through the ball on impact which ultimately traps the ball between the club face and the ground.  Doing this correctly will give you a more accurate ball flight over a longer distance, and will offer a greater amount of backspin.

Wondering how its done?  Here are a few tips to get you started:

  1. Make sure to shift your body weight to your back leg and focus on swinging around your body.  This will allow you to set up a shallow approach angle to the golf ball.
  2. Next step is to shift your weight to your front leg and make sure your back shoulder (the shoulder that is behind the ball) moves forward through the golf ball.
  3. Concentrate on swinging more down on the ball which will create a forward lean at impact.
  4. Make sure to turn your top hand (the hand that’s on the top of the golf club) towards the ground during impact to trap the ball.
  5. If you’ve done everything correctly, your divot should be out in front of the ball, a clear indication that you’ve successfully trapped the ball during your swing.

Golf tips like this are always tough to grasp, and reading about the method is never enough.  Get out there and practice on real turf and make note of your divot.  If you’re taking a divot before where the ball lies you’re not doing it properly.

For all your visual learners out there, check out this video for more tips on making ball, then turf contact (in that order).


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