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Why Many Golfers Play the Ball Too Far Forward

We have talked about the correct ball position.
But lots of golfers seem to play the ball too far forward.

Even great players like Ernie Els said that he has a tendency to let the ball drift too far forward in his stance.

He said that just by getting an inch of two off the correct ball position will cause you major problems.

Ernie also said that if you play the ball too far forward, you need to slide your hips on the downswing leaving a deep divot. When you slide your hips on the downswing, your ball will have too much backspin. The ball will go higher but cost you distance.

So even if you changed your ball position, it can go back to its old position. So you need to check it constantly.

Another Reason

I think another reason why most golfers want to play the ball forward is to gain force.

By playing to ball forward, you might feel like you can have more time to accelerate your clubhead.

But if the ball it too far forward, the clubhead will be moving left by the time the clubface contacts the ball. If the clubface is square to the target in this case, you are going to slice it. If your clubface is facing left, you will pull it.

So you might start sliding to the left, coming over the top or doing other things to compensate.

If you want to swing faster, try to turn your shoulders as far as you can instead of playing the ball forward. If you are not flexible, try to flare out your right toe to turn more.

You can also try closed stance. I will talk about taking closed stance later on.

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