Good old drills to compress the golf ball from an expert

Golf compression has its share of confusion and controversy. The term ball compression involves energy created when the ball makes impact with the iron face. To break it down it helps to understand how this works and why it is necessary. The angle of the golf club is essential with shot relying on that and loft. There is energy generated behind the ball and it is still there when the ball is moving. This energy contributes to getting the ball where it needs to be. There are a few drills that help with ball compression to encourage better results including the following:

  • One arm swing drill. As you practice swinging keep your wrist hinged, and work to come in and make contact with the ball with the shaft at an angle. Do the swing with your lead hand. It works well with left and right-handed players. You can also practice with both hands gripping the club while maintaining the angle of the shaft as you come in creating a divot after the ball.

  • Ball striking drill. Practice striking the ball with your club at angle. When you swing to hit the ball your hands should pass the ball before you make contact. Place two balls on the ground but leave enough space between them to swing your clubhead at the ball. The space between should be several inches. You shouldn’t touch the other ball as you come in between to hit the first.

  • Swing drill creating swoosh sound. This includes holding the golf club upside down with the shaft toward the ground and the clubhead toward you. Hold the club in your hand with the clubhead next to your wrist. Make swings as if you were hitting the ball. Swing with acceleration (speed) to create the swoosh sound. The sound should occur after swinging through as if the club made contact with the ball. This also helps reduce wrist flipping.

Other Tips to Know

There are instructional videos on ball compression you can view offering additional insight. Some drills offer more assistance than others. Find drills that are comfortable for you to practice. Learn view points from other professionals about ball compression. You may learn about practice drills you can use along with options you can do on and off the course.



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