How to Hit the Ball then the Turf with Irons
Learn How to Hit the Ball Then the Turf for Better Contact
If you find yourself chunking the golf ball, hitting behind the ball, or hitting thin shots, just know you’re not alone.
We all KNOW we’re supposed to hit the ball then the turf. That’s not the issue, right? If it was that easy, we’d all just make ball first contact.
So how can you make proper contact with your irons? Here are 3 super simple concepts to help you learn how to hit down on the ball for better contact and better golf shots.
Golf Ball Position
In order to hit good iron shots, you need to hit down on the ball. This is the easiest thing you can look to fix to help you hit your irons better.
To get the proper ball position for irons, start by putting your feet together with the ball in the middle of your stance, and simply separate your feet an equal amount on each side. That’s about it.
For a good reference tool, we like to use the Rimer Ball Position and Alignment Trainer to help golfers not only see the proper ball position, but also REPEAT it.
If you feel yourself hitting behind the ball or hitting thin shots, simply move the ball a little bit back in your stance to help you compress the golf ball.
Golf Shaft Lean
Another way to hit the ball then turf is to check the position of your hands. Once again, we’ll put the ball in the middle of the stance, but instead of moving the ball back a little bit in our stance, we simply move the handle slightly forward in our setup.
The forward shaft lean is going to help create more of a descending blow, which will help you compress the golf ball at impact and get that crisp contact you’ve been looking for.
As an added bonus, having a little forward shaft lean actually might help you add some distance. Often amateur golfers are adding loft at impact, so this tip will reduce some loft on the club. And the improved contact will only help you hit the ball farther as well.
Pressure Shift in the Golf Swing
The final tip is certainly the most advanced, and requires a little more effort to master. And that has to do with pressure movement during the golf swing.
If you’ve followed our content in the past, you probably know we like to promote a 60/40 golf setup, where you start with more pressure on the lead leg at address. This allows the body to create some side to side movement. This ability to unweight as you start your swing provides a better rhythm and tempo, can create some more club head speed, and can help you move into the ball during impact for better contact.
Now I know your first question: Isn’t that just going to create a sway or slide in my backswing? The answer is no, if you are properly shifting the pressure:
- Start with a 60/40 pressure split at address
- As you begin the backswing, you should start feeling the pressure shift to the INSIDE of the back foot
- While your pressure shifts, you should feel your back pocket work around the body instead of back in the swing
- Let the trail leg release slightly to help with a proper pivot (you should see daylight between your knees down the line)
- As you transition into the downswing, transfer that pressure back to the trail leg to release the energy at impact
Here’s a great video showing you how to do it:
And this Magic Move will help you make a proper transition:
If you want to learn how to hit the ball then the turf, you need to understand a few simple concepts. Learning proper ball position and having a little shaft lean are easy ways to help you hit down on the ball, and learning a proper pressure shift can help you maximize your distance.
Take these golf tips to the range, give them a try and you will be hitting your irons flush in no time!