How To Stop Scooping The Golf Ball And Compress The Golf Ball

Are your golf shots not turning out the way you want them to? If you find yourself struggling with scooping the ball, don’t worry – you’re not alone.

In this article, we’ll explore effective techniques to help you overcome this challenge and improve your game on the green. Let’s dive into the world of golf and discover how to put an end to scooping the golf ball once and for all.

What Is Scooping The Ball?

The act of scooping the ball, also known as club flipping, happens when you prematurely release your wrists before striking the ball, in an attempt to lift the ball higher into the air. Golfers who scoop the ball demonstrate a lack of confidence in the club’s inherent loft to achieve the desired trajectory and height. Instead, they make an effort to assist the ball in gaining elevation.

Club flipping stands in stark contrast to the technique of striking down on the ball, wherein the objective is to trap the ball between the clubface and the ground. This can only be achieved when the proper angle (lag) is maintained in the clubface, and the hands are positioned ahead of the club at the moment of impact.

Issues Linked to Club Flipping

1. Results in Shots That Are Thin, Fat, or Skyed

Hitting down on the ball with an iron is really important for a good hit. When you do this, it helps you make a nice dent in the ground after hitting the ball, and you make contact with the ball before the club head hits the ground.

On the other hand, if you try to scoop the ball, you won’t trap it properly, and you might end up hitting it too thin (where the club mostly hits the ground) or too fat (where the club hits the ground before the ball). This usually happens because the lowest point of your swing is behind the ball, so the club hits it at the wrong angle.

Also, if you see the club head in front of your hands when you hit, you might hit it fat. This means the club might hit the ground before hitting the ball. The result won’t be good – the shot won’t go very far.

Lastly, flipping the club when you’re in thick grass (the rough) can lead to the ball going really high in the air but not very far. This can happen if the club’s front part goes under the ball and might even miss it completely.

How To Correct Scooping The Ball?

1. Place Your Hands Ahead of the Ball

A reliable method to prevent club flipping is to ensure your hands are positioned in front of the clubhead when you make contact.

While scooping the ball results in your hands being above the clubhead at impact (or even behind), hitting down on the ball involves your hands leading the clubhead, which lags behind. This is why it’s advised to “maintain the lag.”

By doing this, you can avoid your wrists attempting to flip the club.

2. Concentrate on making Initial Contact with the Ball

Another helpful mental picture to keep in mind when aiming to eliminate scooping the ball – or flipping the club – is to emphasize hitting the ball initially.

Rather than attempting to strike the ball from beneath the ground and in the process making contact with the ground or grass, concentrate on ensuring that the clubface connects with the ball before anything else.

Additionally, make an effort to take a substantial divot with your iron shots. However, it’s crucial to ensure that your club strikes the ball first and initiates the divot afterward, not the other way around.

3. Psychological Matter

Flipping the club can often be a psychological challenge more than anything else. Once more, this tendency appears to arise from a subconscious or conscious urge to aid the ball in gaining height.

If you find yourself grappling with this swing flaw, make an effort to adopt (or return to) the belief that the club’s loft is engineered to lift the ball off the ground, requiring no additional intervention.

Allow the club, along with its angle, to play its role in propelling your ball upward.

Golfer Utilizes Wedge for Ball Scoop Toward Hole: What’s the Verdict?

A video is making the rounds on the Golf Rules Questions Instagram page. It shows a golfer using their wedge to scoop the ball into the air and towards the hole. But what’s the right decision in this situation?

It’s not something you see a lot, but knowing the rules of golf is important. There are quite a few rules, and some of them can catch you by surprise.

I was pretty amazed by how well the golfer could control the scoop. But if they tried this in a tournament or a match, there would be consequences.


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As usual, the well-liked rules page offers the solution for determining the proper ruling in this case.

“Solution: The golfer executed a ‘scoop’ stroke. As a result, the player must add a two-stroke penalty in stroke play (for a total of 3 strokes) or lose the hole in match play. Refer to Rule 10.1a.”

Now, let’s examine the relevant rule on the R&A website.

Fairly Striking the Ball

In making a stroke:

– The player must fairly strike at the ball with the head of the club such that there is only momentary contact between the club and the ball and must not push, scrape or scoop the ball.

– If the player’s club accidentally hits the ball more than once, there has been only one stroke and there is no penalty.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, by focusing on proper ball contact and understanding the rules, you can effectively eliminate the scooping technique from your golf game. With consistent practice and adherence to correct techniques, you’ll be on your way to achieving more controlled and accurate shots on the course.

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