In the game of golf, hitting the ball straight is one of the most challenging skills to perfect. Consider this: you’re swinging a club with grooves on the face. The average amateur golfer swings their clubhead at roughly 80 miles per hour.
The clubface must always impact the ball squarely in order to smash the ball straight. When you don’t strike the ball with a square clubface, the ball spins to the side, causing you to hit a fade, a slice, or a hook.
Step 1: Take a firm grip on the club. This is one of the most crucial phases in hitting a straight golf ball. The thumb should be down and just to the right of the center in your lead hand (the hand closest to your target), which is known as a neutral grip.
Step 2: Place the club in your non-lead hand.
Pretend you’re shaking hands with the club, and your non-lead hand should go along the side of the grip. Your non-lead shoulder should be pointed by the v formed by your thumb and pointer finger.
Step 3: Align the target with your clubhead and ball. You can put a club on the ground just outside the ball as it runs toward the target if you like. This will give you an excellent visual indication of whether your clubface is properly aligned or not. The head of the club should be perpendicular to the club you lay on the ground.
Step 5: As you draw back, begin your backswing, maintaining your clubhead inside the ball. This will help with issues like an outside-in swing, which forces the golfer to adjust just before impact or hit off-square on the clubface, resulting in sidespin.
Step 6: Drive the ball through the hole. You’ve already worked on your grip and alignment. Your ball should fly straight if you don’t have any serious swing flaws.
Prepare for the swing by getting into a good position. Your legs should be shoulder-width apart, your knees bent slightly, and your legs and shoulders parallel to your goal. Even if your front shoulder is lower than your back shoulder, they should still be aligned in this manner.
Make sure you’re in the right spot in relation to the ball. The ball must be placed on the opposite side of your back foot’s instep. Keep your club grounded and solidly in touch with the ball by standing back from it.
To reduce slicing and enhance distance, increase your swing speed. However, don’t switch speeds in the middle of a swing. In both the backswing and downswing, you must maintain a constant speed.
If you cock your wrist at the top of your backswing, the angle of your swing will shift. Many novices make this error in their quest for additional power, but it results in a faulty drive.