How to Prevent Hitting Too High on Your Clubface

Have you ever noticed your ball rolling too much after you hit it? Do you more often than not hit your ball into the mud instead of into the air? The problem is that you may be striking too high on the face of your club.

When you don’t hit the ball dead center on your clubface, especially during your drive, you risk your shots becoming inaccurate or ineffective. If you find yourself having issues with striking your ball too high, then you may need this list of tips to help you hit your ball more accurately.

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Tips to Avoid High Clubface Shots

Ball Placement and Stance

When addressing the ball you don’t need to try anything too fancy. Normal, upright ball placement and your normal stance should be enough to get the result you want. Altering either of these things too much can lead to having accuracy issues and hitting the ball in a place other than dead center of your clubface.

Tee Position

Make sure that you have your tee placed in the dirt a little bit more than halfway up the tee. Too high or low on the tee’s position and you risk hitting the ball with either the top or bottom of the clubface.

Select the Right Club

If you are not using the right club for the situation, then you risk having terrible shots. For example, using a driver in a sand trap probably is not going to lead to the most accurate of shots. Making sure that you are using the right club for the job will help you to hit the ball with the most accuracy and prevent bad or ineffective shots.

Line Everything Up

Before you take your shot make sure that your ball is lined up perfectly. First, make sure your ball is lined up with the heel of your leading foot, doing so at about a 45-degree angle. Next, make sure that the ball and the center of your club face are lined up before taking your backswing.

By making sure that everything is properly aligned you will be making it easier to hit the ball in the center of your club, which will give you the accurate shot you are looking for.

Smooth Backswing

When taking your backswing, try to pull your arms away from the ball in a way that will give you more power but that won’t be too forceful. Coming away from the ball too fast can cause you to lose the alignment mentioned in the previous step, which will cause your shot to go array.

Instead, keep the motion smooth and natural. Doing this will help you to keep center and from impacting the ball too high on the clubface by hitting the ball too low.

The End of Your Swing

As you come down on your swing, keep your arms and club as steady as possible and avoid moving too much. As you follow through, wrap your shoulders and bring your club head up smoothly.

During the upswing, try to keep your wrist locked. Doing this will prevent you from losing control of your club during the follow through and will keep you from hitting the ball anywhere other than dead center.

Avoiding Spin

For professionals, spin can be used effectively to make sure that a ball lands where you want it to. This technique is a hard one to master, however, so it is suggested that you always hit the ball dead center, as we have discussed. Hitting too high or low can cause the ball to spin forward or backward, and without proper control, this can lead many games to devastation. Too much forward spin can lead to you missing a target, while backspin can cause your ball to stop early. Hitting in the center, spin becomes less of an issue and you are more assured that your shots will be accurate.
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When I first started playing golf, hitting too high on the clubface was a problem that I regularly had. While this inevitably led to a couple chuckles due to the terrible shots I was making, it also led to a regular streak of losses.

 Hopefully, with these tips, you can avoid the same kind of embarrassment that I had to endure. Hitting the ball while avoiding hitting the top of the clubface, you can be sure that every shot you take will be as accurate as can possibly be.
Denny Putsh
Denny Putsh

I’m a golf enthusiast just like you and have been playing the game since I was 12 years old. Although I love watching the PGA Tour and following my favorite stars on tour I’m also fascinated by all of the unique and innovative products that are associated with the game I love. It's my greatest joy to share my fascination with golf gadgets, equipment, training aids, and golf accessories with fellow golf lovers on all levels.


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