Place a Second Ball Forward of Your Golf Ball – John Hayes Golf Dec. 2018 Golf Tip Blog Newsletter Golf Tip – December 2018

For your golf game: One way to train yourself to swing the whole club forward is to place a second golf ball about 3 or 4 inches in front (on the target line) of the ball you are setting up to and you will need to use a pitching wedge for this practice drill. You must have your intent to swing the whole club forward to brush grass under the second ball. When you do this correctly the club will strike the ball you set up to and the pitching wedge will have enough loft so that ball will be sent over the second ball. As you continue to swing the whole club forward it will strike the second ball and that ball will also fly but will go shorter than the first shot because the clubhead will have slowed down a little due to impact with the first ball.
If you hit the first ball thin then it will go low and hit the second ball so it could get exciting! Persist, keep swinging forward with the intent to brush grass under the second ball. You will make a swing were both balls fly in the air. Observe that you are really swing forward with the intent to get to the second ball.
Then hit some shots without the second ball there but, use your imagination, keep swinging the whole club forward with the intent to brush grass under the second ball. You should do this practice drill with a full or nearly full backswing. If you make a very small swing then the trajectory may be too low for the first ball to go over the second ball.

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