Every golfer I know has experienced the frustrating result of hitting the ground first before their intended target of the golf ball. Sometimes the mishit is less than and inch and other times it is a few inches. This universal challenge had me wondering if there is one single reason for the mishit or is it an accumulation of many factors? As an amateur, this is a valid question because it will shape the ‘correction plan’ to eliminate hitting the ground first before their golf ball.
After watching many videos, reading a few articles and thinking of my own experiences, I concluded that the reason for hitting the ground first is not focused on one specific reason. Every golfer is different whereby fixing one area of their swing will fix hitting the ground first, but in many cases it is a couple of mechanical challenges that produces the fat shot. Without looking at your swing, it is difficult to conclusively isolate the area to fix first. I recommend taking a video of hitting 10 golf balls to see what might be the challenge. Ball position, swing sway, or poor follow are three main swing errors experienced by many golfers and fortunately Rick Shiels addresses fixes that are easy and repeatable.
The one error I experience not addressed by Shiels is casting my golf club. Casting is where I release my wrists too early which in turn increases the size of my club arc. As a result, I hit the ground behind the ball producing a very frustrating poor shot. Casting or flipping my club is something I have struggled with for my entire time I have golfed. It generally shows up when I try to hit the ball harder (which barely works by the way). By trying to hit the ball harder, I lose my swing sequencing which results in poor contact of a heavy golf shot. Casting is a challenge for my swing and might be yours as well.
Hitting the ground behind the ball is a universal problem for golfers. There is no one fix for all players because there are a multitude of reasons for making these poor shots. Finding your core challenge is not difficult especially if you video your swing. Once you determine your main swing flaw, then finding a fix is easy. I would suggest that Shiels video is a great place to start.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!