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When I tee off, I hit the ground before the ball. Why is this?
--Linda S. from Queensbury, NY

Hi Linda. Thanks for writing MyGolfInstructor.com.

I'm excited to get to help you improve your game. We call hitting the ground before the ball drop-kicking and it can happen with all clubs, but is pretty common with woods.

Hitting the ground before the ball can have many causes. Among them are:

1) Hanging back or fall back with your weight onto your rear side through impact.

2) Releasing the club too soon.

3) Swing from too far inside out.

Note that without seeing your swing it's difficult for me to say what is causing you personally to hit behind the ball. You should consider sending your swing in when needed.

In the meantime I would make sure that you are getting a good weight transfer onto your front foot through impact and finishing with 100% of your weight on your front foot on your finish. Also, here are two drills for you. One will help you make sure you are not releasing the club too early and the other will help your swing plane to make sure you aren't too inside out.

Move the Angles Drill:
Move the Angles Drill

Toe Line Drill:
Toe Line Drill

Give them a try and let me know if they don't help or if you have any other questions.

Thanks.

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