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Compressing the golf ball efficiently
November 28, 2013

By Craig Ferris, Luton Hoo Hotel resident Golf Professional,

One of the most common flaws I see in lady golfers is their natural apprehension of compressing the golf ball efficiently.

The majority of female golfers are a lot more confident when it comes to hitting a driver or wood off of the tee, as it doesn't require the striking of turf. This allows the angle of attack into the ball to be ascending as opposed to descending.

This is the reason I believe that lady golfers are generally known to be better drivers of the golf ball than iron players.

The natural apprehension of compressing the golf ball causes the upper body to sway away from their centre point at the top of the backswing. In doing this it leaves the body too far to travel in order to get the sternum back over the ball at impact, resulting in inconsistent ball striking.

With iron play it is imperative the ball is hit then turf so our sternum needs to be over the ball at impact and not behind.

A little tip to encourage a more centred top of the backswing position is to apply 55 percent of weight through your left side at address. Now this shouldn't be noticeable to an onlooker but one in which you can consciously feel in your own mind.

Use your left hand side as your rotational point, this will then encourage a sternum position of which is more over the golf ball at impact, resulting in a descending angle of attack and more consistent ball striking.

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