This mistake is killing your ball-striking consistency, says top teacher
Everyone wants to be a consistent ball striker. When you can reliably hit every club in your bag on command, it makes the game a lot easier. And who doesn’t want that?
Unfortunately, becoming a great ball striker isn’t easy. It takes hours and hours of work on the range, and even more time to make the swing habits unconscious. Great ball strikers aren’t born, they’re made.
“Biggest mistake recreational golfers make is they all try to overswing,” says GOLF Teacher to Watch James Hong. “A lot of times when I see them overswing, they’re hitting the ball thinking they have to crush it and swing out of their shoes to make it go far. But instead, they mishit it and it goes nowhere.”
While swinging faster does help you get more distance, it’s all for naught if you don’t find the center of the clubface. The distance gains you see from swinging harder are wiped out when you consistently mishit the ball.
Instead of swinging out of your shoes, try slowing things down and focusing on center-face contact. Start with shorter clubs and work your way through the bag, emphasizing hitting the center of the clubface every time. As you get more consistent at finding the center of the face, start swinging a bit harder.
“You should be utilizing tempo and letting the club do the work,” Hong says. “If you find the center of the clubface, it goes straighter and further. It lets them know that they don’t have to swing that hard to get distance.”