The most common one is when you’re too close to the ball, whether you start out that way or you fall toward the ball on the downswing.
You also could be swinging too much around your body in the backswing, which can make you swing outward too much on the downswing, exposing the hosel to the ball.
What happens if you miss the ball in golf?
You count a stroke anytime you swing at the ball— even if you miss it. Practice swings are not counted as strokes. If you cause the ball to accidentally move when in the fairway, rough or on the green, you normally incur a 1- stroke penalty under Rule 18 and you must replace your ball.
What is it called when you miss the ball in golf?
Updated May 24, 2019. In golf, a “whiff” is when you swing at the golf ball and miss. Whoops! If you were trying to hit the ball but missed, you just whiffed it. When you whiff a golf shot, you just have to re-set yourself and try again.
What is a whiff in golf?
In golf a whiff – or a ball whiffed – occurs when a golfer attempts to strike a ball and misses it completely. In contrast to a practice swing where a swing is also performed but no contact with the ball is made, a whiff occurs when there is intent on striking the ball.
Why am I hitting the top of the golf ball?
The clubhead reaches the bottom of its swing arc before it gets to the ball. If you adjust your swing so you don’t hit the ground, the clubhead will be swinging upward by the time it reaches the ball. When that happens, you have no chance of hitting the bottom half of the ball. You’ll either top or whiff the ball.