Focus on the Back of the Ball

Before you pull the trigger and take your swing, where are you looking?  At the ball?  Which part of the ball?  The top? The front?  The side? The “T” on the word Taylormade?  Does it matter?

I believe the majority of golfers would benefit from looking at the back of the ball especially with your driver.  That means the right half of the ball if you’re a right-handed player.  I like to turn range balls to a position where I can focus on the black line the whole time.

What does this do?  Well, at address it will encourage a proper spine tilt.  Your upper body and head have to be in a position slightly tilted away from your target to see the back half of the ball fully and clearly.  This is part of a proper setup.  At impact, your eyes staying focused on that part of the ball will keep your head in position so that you don’t get ahead or in front of the ball (causing blocked shots, pulls or tops).  This tip can also help “keep your head down”, that pesky problem that happens to so many of us.

So the next time you tee it up, focus on the back of the ball while transferring your weight onto the front leg.  You should feel more in control with improved hand-eye coordination.


Erika Larkin is PGA Director of Instruction at The Club at Creighton Farms in Aldie, Virginia. She is the owner of Larkin Golf LLC and author of  A True Swing.  Erika was named Middle Atlantic PGA Teacher of the Year 2012, has been ranked the number 1 teacher in Virginia by her peers and Golf Digest since 2014.  She is also has been recognized as one of America’s Best Young Teachers by Golf Digest since 2012. She has been featured many times and magazine and appeared on The Golf Channel. Erika is a certified SwingAI Coach where she gives online lessons through the “Play with the Pros” App.

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