Dig the Ball

To dig the ball and fluffing the golf ball differ from most golf faults in that the golf player is conscious of them before the golf ball is hit away. In both cases the club-head meets the ground before it reaches the golf ball, but though the two golf faults have this point in common, they are essentially different.

In the fluffed golf shot the club-head passes more or less lightly along the turf, the rhythm of the golf shot is not necessarily lost, and the speed of the club-head may not be seriously reduced. But in the golf shot resulting in to dig the ball, the club-head digs into the turf, the rhythm of the golf shot if it ever had rhythm is inevitably destroyed, and the movement of the club-head is piteously retarded.

An analysis of digging will show that in the downswing the right side of the body has been relaxed, and that the right shoulder and probably the right knee have dropped. In short, the hands and fingers have failed to assert themselves, and the action has been led by the body.

The golfer has really been trying to help the club-head on to the golf ball with his shoulder, instead of controlling the club-head with the hands and fingers and allowing the body to respond. It will be found that it is difficult to drop the shoulder if the golf swing is definitely made by means of vigorous hand and finger action. But that the moment that notion is lost sight of, the body will come lumbering in, to the utter ruin of the golf shot.

As regards fluffing the golf player will gain insight into the disease by asking himself how he would produce a golf fluff if a golf fluff were desired. He would stand in such a position that the club-head would reach its lowest point in the downswing before it reached the golf ball. That is to say, he would stand a little farther away from the golf hole than he would normally do. It is clear, then, that a false golf stance may be responsible for fluffing. As pointed out in golf faults of stance, the stance should always be determined by the golf swing. And if the method of arriving at stance is followed, the golf player can obviously never suffer from the kind of fluffing that comes from a wrong golf stance.

Is there any other easy way of fluffing? If instead of allowing his body to be pulled through after the club-head, the golfer keeps his body back so that his weight at the end of the golf swing remains largely on the right foot, he will find fluffing quite simple. And such fluffing may permit of quite useful golf shots being made. For here the hands and wrists are doing their good work, and it is only the body that lags to some extent.

The cure for this type of fluffing is obvious. The golf player must let his hands work out his salvation by placing himself unreservedly in their hands, so to speak. His body must be like the child it must not speak till it is spoken to, but when it is spoken to it must answer cheerfully and not grudgingly.