okay that was really heavy struck the
ground behind the golf ball why was that lets have another go that was absolutely ripped what is the
difference between those two golf shots why is it that sometimes you strike the
ground behind the golf ball horrible strikes versus striking that beautiful
ball first and you get our lovely ball flight what is the difference between the two golf shots
in this golf lesson I’m going to cover exactly why you strike the ground behind
the golf ball occasionally or maybe even way too much
before we do my name is Danny Maude welcome to the channel and if this is one
of your first golf videos please consider subscribing I release golf videos just like
this one every week to try and help you improve your game so what are you doing
if you strike the ground behind the golf ball well this is exactly what’s
happening if you’re striking the ground behind the golf ball what we tend to see
with too many golfers is this they’re coming into impact here the club is
releasing like this and their club grounds behind the golf ball you’ll
notice also the the left arm and golf club are very straight okay so the left arm and golf club
are almost kind of fully extended at this stage and you’re releasing it here
the best ball strikers you these are the images that you’ll see the best ball
strikers you’ll see that their weight is on their lead foot at impact and they have a lot of
angle in their club shaft the hands are a long way ahead of the golf ball the club
strikes the ball and then it strikes the ground that is what we’re
after how do you go about doing it without making it too complicated I see
lots of golfers trying this but they still struggle so what we’re gonna do
now is focus on how do you get this beautiful shuffling here as opposed to
the releasing of the club here where it gets extended and behind the golf ball
the first thing to do is you’ve got to understand how the wrists work so what I
see with a lot of golfers is this they get what’s called a flicking motion
they get this position here at impact where they start to flick through the impact position area
here and the more you get this flicking motion the more you ground
the club behind the golf ball it’s a weak golf shot as well and you fat the golf shot and you can also thin it as well why they do this is because they flick it
away on the backswing so they get this flick away on the golf backswing and because
you flicked it away here the body responds by flicing
the other way so if you flick it one way you simply flick it the other way it’s
as simple as that it’s like if you threw a ball if you flick this you’re gonna
flick it this way you need to reverse that process and this is
counterintuitive you want to get the hands here at impact
but you know what you start in the opposite way in the take way let me
explain watch this I call it drag what you want to do is
get the back of the club and what’s imagine you’re going to do
this only I’m showing this in a way that’s visual so you can exaggerate this
drag the golf club away on the way back here the back of the could drag it away now
look at this hasn’t been no flick at this stage you’re dragging the golf club away
here you get to the top because it hasn’t really flicked or anything it
then flicks the over the way on the downswing so you get the flick on the downswing as opposed to the flick on the backswing and beautiful for us that flick is
the opposite and it helps you to get that type of angle through the impact
area let’s have a look at this in action so we’re going to drag it in order to
lag it so watch this we’re gonna drag back with a back of the club here drag
drag drag drag and that is an absolutely beautiful flight okay so let’s do that
one more time so we’re getting ourselves set here we know we need to get the
wrists in a much better position so we do the opposite we drag here to get that
angle on the way through if you flick it here you will flick it on the way
through some another look at this get the back of the club
feel like it’s this is dragging on the back of the ground here it’s sort of
counterintuitive it because let you see in this horrible impact position almost
there we don’t want that but it won’t end up like that because it will reverse
on the way down this is the first thing to do back at the club drag it back and
then rip it through you so you’ve got the idea of this the wrist
working now how can let you make this even more efficient the second thing
that could really elite to this kind of releasing here is is great you’ve got
the wrist motion but if you don’t move the body on rotate the body and the
right we’re on the way through that will cause major issues a lot of people who
get into this kind of release motion here where the hip behind their bodies
are also very straight they get very what you call square on they’re not
naturally rotating through the golf ball this is an issue because if you don’t
rotate through the ball there’s no room so their body kind of freezes stops and
you simply get this release through the impact area what you’ve got to do from
here it’s from this position you’ve got to work out way on getting yourself
rotating comfortably and easily through the ball here’s how recommend it and it
works brilliantly well for also the drag martien what I want you to do here is
this I want to practice in a sense of getting both heels working far more
effectively initially as a drill start a head here so you kind of in a sense the
right hilt off the ground here and we’re gonna look as that right heel push it
down but naturally it’s just a Martian watch this born to you drag it back here
and as you then put that left foot down on the heel down towards the ground here
you create rhythm that there as that goes down it naturally look opens up the
body that opening up of the body creates natural momentum and it helps you to
naturally get on to your lead foot and finish through remember the golf swing
came first coaches like me came second you do not
have to try to get onto your left side or your lead side you don’t have to try
and get the hands ahead all those things actually to be honest with you they push
achieving that further and further away you get there naturally by getting
motion here we’re dragging it back with a back of the cup on the ground that
heels coming up and as we push it down just a mere fat look of pushing down the
ground creates the rotation creates the space and helps us get through the golf
ball let’s have a look at this so it got yourself set here we’re now
going to send drag back and literally come through and because
I’m pushing through and naturally finish in a much much better position turn
through to the target and something never look at that in slow motion so the race that has to come down I get
absolutely soaking wet for you go there who cares so we’ve got those two things
mainly here we’re getting the drag back on the ground we want to create this
wrist action how do we create it how do we keep it we create it by getting it
dragged back on the way back here forcing the flick on the way through and
then to help maintain it even more so we’ve got to have proper rotation
rotation is created by the feet so what you want to do here is again just work
on that we start here we drag it back here we put that foot down and look at
this as soon as I put our foot down my hips start to rotate that rotation helps
naturally to keep this angle without that if it doesn’t if we don’t get
rotation there’s no room we’ll create room in a different way by standing up
and that releases the club too early and gets you hitting the ground behind the
golf ball let’s have a look at that one more time in action and then we’ll
summarize so I get myself dragging back push forward first drag that back there
and then put it back down on the ground so let’s summarize two major things what
causes their ground behind the golf ball well it’s very simple you release the
club here too early you get very extended you’re going to start to strike
the ground behind the ball we’ve got to basically get this shaft lean ahead here
quite naturally going to get away on our front foot please do not try to get that
there and one of the downsides to innocence trying to force is what I
found is this it gets people chopping down on the golf ball that is not what
we need at all getting this motion is should be fairly natural but as you know
it’s not so we’ve got to kind of go through these exercises so you’ve got
the drag on the back of the club here and then just simply hit you flick it
early you’ll flick it on the way down leave the flick to later and you’ll get
it on the way down maintain that motion how do we do that well you’ve got to get
those that body rotating out the way it can’t rotate if you don’t move so simple
actually you can always calm this down move on to the heel here drag it back
that heels off push that back down that helps the rotation and then just
fully commit to the shot I know where we go I’m getting soaked in love to
shooting this video for you so any questions leave them in the comments box
below give it a thumbs up if you liked the video and if you’re new to channel
maybe subscribe but until next week I’m get soaking wet have a great golfing


  1. Michael J Brennan says:

    Looks like it may be snowing.

  2. stevenolmstead says:

    So very interesting! Doing the very thing on the way back that you are trying to avoid on the way down. I recently had the same realization but with hitting shots to the left. I knew the clubface was closing too much at impact – so I started rolling my hands on the backswing to open the clubface to counter this. Not realizing that this motion actually encouraged my hands to do the opposite and close even more on the way down. Finally, I tried – probably due to sheer desperation – CLOSING the clubface more on the backswing – and to my surprise, the hands naturally came into impact LESS closed at impact and my shots started flying straight again. Isn't life strange.?

  3. stewart s says:

    Wow, I never heard it explained like that with the “drag back” it seems natural, cant wait to try it tomorrow, thanks mate🏌️

  4. Ralph Brown says:

    Great facilitation as usual, and you hung in there with the rain too! Love ya man!

  5. Steve Toton says:

    Best anti casting drill I have seen in a while. Great video and stay dry.

  6. Brian Thomas says:

    I like the idea of the "drag back" But I noticed to do that your whole body sways back to execute it properly.

  7. Kevin Curtis says:

    A million thank you. Do you do individual lessons?

  8. Lars Valbjørn says:

    Made my swing great again

  9. 래노 says:

    I think it is the really greatest lesson ever for me. It is really difficult for me to control or understand the move of wrist. Finally with this video clip, I understood how to control the move of wrist. Thanks a lot.

  10. Don Dellario says:

    This really helps – great tips Danny!

  11. r8rsfan4evr says:

    Danny, I absolutely love your videos! Thank you so much for providing these drills. I can't wait to go out to the range and try it. I've been hitting behind the ball so much lately!! Uggh!

  12. Blue Sky Flyer says:

    It is as though this lesson was for me personally. I can hit pure, penetrating irons and then the next shot can be two inches behind the ball. I have tried EVERY lag drill there is…Headed out to the course to give this a try. Thanks Danny.

  13. Seamus Toomey says:

    Brilliant video as always to keep you on top of your game. And it works into the wind and rain too!!

  14. Alex Demner says:

    Check the weather forecast nxt time Danny ha ha

  15. Tribal Warlord says:

    This is an excellent drill. I like your spirit and dedication. The rain could didn't stop you from showing us how it's done. Thank you Danny

  16. ChupaMe says:

    Good stuff! Would you (or have you) done a similar session for hybrids/fairway woods?

  17. Sven Johannson says:

    great info .. it really is a natural move .. thank you ..

  18. andy powell says:

    brilliant video, just got in off the range and this explains exactly why im loosing distance, will def give it a go starting with the garden tonight! cheers.

  19. 83NJL says:

    The best teacher on Youtube. Keep up the great work Danny. Much appreciated.

  20. Oliver McKinley says:

    I've been using the drag it thing for some time now and I originally learned it from Mr. Short Game's channel. He didn't call it that, but it was the exact same principle.

  21. Mike Hannon says:

    Brilliant! Can't wait to try it on the course tomorrow. If it stops raining today I'll try it at the range first. My friends can;t believe how much my game is improving. I keep telling them to watch your videos.

  22. Matthew Stevens says:

    Could this drill be used with the driver because the ball is further up in our stance?

  23. Anthony Viola says:

    Brilliant tip! Should help me get away from flipping. Thanks

  24. Mike Hensley says:

    Wow! The light just came on. What a great example. Thanks Danny. I love your channel.

  25. Wim Graven says:

    Every week you can tell something new. I can’t. I see every week a great video and this way I try to think more about my game and try to improve it. And that all in the rain Thanks

  26. Stephen Hoard says:

    Danny, this is excellent. I have struggled with hitting fat for a long time. Really like your suggestion of dragging the clubhead back on the backswing. Ironically I notice Miguel Jimenez practicing this way last year in the Senior Tour here in Richmond. He actually swept a golf placed to the right of the one to be struck back during the first 18" of his backswing. Now I understand what he was practicing. Thanks much for your explanation.

  27. David Morgan says:

    Need to keep the wrists very loose and not sway the head forward eh?

  28. jimegolfer says:

    I always look forward to you tips arriving in my email inbox. This is an excellent tip and can't wait to try it out! Thanks for teaching in the rain. 🙂

  29. Christine Nguyen says:

    Hopefully this video will help my iron shots. Can’t wait to try it tomorrow. Thank you for another fantastic video, Danny!

  30. Jack Casey says:

    Are you saying everyone should do this? Or is this more of something directed towards players who are struggling with hitting behind the ball?

  31. Raphael Hukai says:

    Very nice way to analyze this problem. Thanks!

  32. Thomas Bottler says:

    Thanks will definitely try tomorrow 👍🏼😎

  33. metphmet says:

    And if you hit it sometimes fat , sometimes thin?

  34. Superutubeking says:

    Danny I do this so much thank you for your advice. I do release the club early

  35. Larry Beavens says:

    Danny, that dragging of the club head going back is called “negative load” as opposed to “positive load” coming down…right? You see very few instructors teach negative load to start the backswing, but it really is a great way to start the swing. The guy they called “Count Yogi” back in the ‘40’s and ‘50’s started his swing with negative load, and he was arguably the best to ever play the game. Look him up sometime if you’re not familiar; he’s a great story and had the most beautiful golf swing you’ll ever see. He could hit it over 400 even with the inferior equipment they had back then. Great video Danny; your suggestion to start the backswing with negative load is spot on and very refreshing to see! 👍

  36. Stephen Carty says:

    Great video Danny 😊(especially under the circumstances) – saw something similar a few months ago – the pro referred to it as a “flail” movement, he was describing it as a pro’s secret move in chipping 🧐
    Looking forward to more videos 👌

  37. Anthony Foster says:

    Not finished the video but I have to admire your dedication. Terrible weather Danny. Tony

  38. Robert Pruitt says:

    Dedicated… I'll give you that 🙂

  39. Mervyn Hall says:

    Amazing! Totally changed my iron striking in just four balls. Danny, thanks so much for a brilliant lesson.

  40. The Captain's Video Log says:

    Sometimes I have to remind myself to make a complete backswing to avoid hitting the ground first. Could that also contribute to hitting the ground behind the ball? Thanks Pal, Dave

  41. Larry Vawter says:

    A very good video . What I need to do is get some major practice range time in and stop my standing ups during my swing . I top and hit behind ball more than good hits . I need to put your suggestions into range time than playing rounds . that damn work of mine is killing my game ….LOL!!!!!!

  42. Richard Webster says:

    Wow, what  a trooper Danny!!! Great lesson and tips as usual  looking forward to trying it out.

  43. don warren says:

    I am a picker of the ball will drag the clubhead back help me start taking a divot

  44. Stevo Stevopick says:

    Drag it to Lag it
    Heels for turn feels
    Thanks Danny , I will try this at the range on Sunday , (using my newly acquired $50 used Dunlop Vengeance sticks) 🌝
    Fat shots are my biggest issue.🤞

  45. Christina Lim says:

    Another great video. Thank you.

  46. Armand deBlouwe says:

    My friend Flick-a …….

  47. Sean Coxe says:

    Thanks, Danny. BTW, if you watch the old videos of Bobby Jones, he always drags the club back on his takeaway. Now, get inside and find a towel and a nice hot cuppa. Cheers from Arizona.

  48. bamasbestbowler says:

    thank you for all you do to help the golf lovers out there! Wonderful teaching techniques.

  49. Don Koo says:

    Good material Danny. I'd give you more than one "like" if I could just for doing this in the heavy rain!

  50. Patrick AslGolf says:

    Thank you Dan ! That's my favorite drill to feel the lag and I now unsderstand why it works… but how to switch to an academic swing when you've integrated the drill… because it is not aesthetic to start the swing by letting the club train the inverted wrists

  51. Lonnie Land says:

    Jack Nicklaus made this the foundation of his swing. He said the feet must be lively to

  52. D.A. Stacey says:

    love your content…any tips for 70 plus golfers?

  53. Steven West says:

    Fabulous video Danny. Well impressed with your presentation despite the rain!!!

  54. Peter Goodman says:

    Some people are natural teachers and explain things well you are one of those. It's a pity not all golf coaches are the same. Great instruction as always

  55. Philippe PORTAL says:

    Brill and greatly helpful as usual, Danny ! I've improved my ball striking so much since I'm working with you! The result is I'm getting more confidence and consistency ! As I've already told you, you're a genius. If I happen to come to Canterbury, a place I love, I'll come and see you ! In the meantime quickly run for shelter ! Thank you Danny !

  56. Paul Smith says:

    Just tried the drag back two hours on the range, all clubs, worked like a dream, thankyou Danny

  57. Derka Derka says:

    Well done! Thank you!

  58. polskie1 says:

    Always the best videos, and the best looking golf swing on YouTube. Thanks 😊

  59. ian koch says:

    You make it look so easy, even in the shittiest conditions, thanks for tip, cheers

  60. Clive Matkin says:

    This makes so much sense can’t wait to try it

  61. john antony kilkenny says:

    Thanks again Danny "The Raining Champion". Excellent drill!

  62. Ilya Symonov says:

    Porfa subtítulos en español!

  63. jim jobson says:

    Thanks Danny and well done. As usual you are spot on with your advice in explaining one of my problems, the drag back you described made very good sense. Cheers.

  64. Lucio Acosta says:

    Can you apply this while using a Driver and fairway woods? Seems like it may create the lag needed to get more power?

  65. Laust Sondergaard says:

    Thanks – love your explanations.

  66. Tim Ruffner says:

    I am absolutely amazed how quickly your "drag and lag" technique improved my game. After only a few hours of practice, I took the technique to the course and flushed iron after iron to the tune of an even par round. Only a few days before your video, I was extremely frustrated with heavy shots that were wrecking my enjoyment of the game. Thank you so much!

  67. Rog Lin says:

    Hey Danny ,
    I watch your video every week. This one is like a mini “Eureka “ moment for me.
    I sometimes hit behind the ball , but I have been trying to stop this infernal Fade , which is costing me strike.
    Went out in my field immediately and tried it. Well the balls are going arrow straight,( well most) and it appears the Fade has gone to.
    But the final proof will be on the course under pressure
    So the title may say “ stop hitting behind the ball”. But this is allowing me to strike more Pure shots.

    From Canterbury

  68. tommy sipka says:

    Excellent video Danny. Are your wrists staying loose or are they locked? Thanks.

  69. Lauren McMahon says:

    Thank you! I had been hitting it fat this week and could not figure out if it was my wrists or what. I will try these if I have trouble today. Agree with all who say you are the best. Thank you for standing out in the elements to make sure that we all get this week’s video. 🙂

  70. Wong Ik Kee says:

    Don't stay under the rain too long coach. Stay healthy

  71. Maruf Mohsin says:

    Love it. Works perfectly for iron but… Skying Driver…

  72. Michael Hayes says:

    Sorry Danny; Love your lessons but didn't get this one.

  73. Micheal Hudson says:

    Great video. I've been fighting the fat shot for about 2 weeks. The flick I didn't realize. Thank you

  74. Paul Clews says:

    Brilliant as usual, Dan. Thank you!

    No subscribers got wet as a result of watching this video… 😬

  75. ilopan85 says:

    Ahahahah Hero!! Great Danny!

  76. MV Whity says:

    It's raining 🐈 and 🐕 but can’t stop Danny shots. What a great guy. Additional 💯 likes like your consistency.

  77. kdb2 says:

    used this today was working really well, no fat shots!! but i kept hitting a fade with the irons and missing right, then on the back 9 i had 3 shots in a row where they went way right and not far at all. not sure what happened or what caused it

  78. Hogtaffy says:

    Thanks again Danny. A thought :- "wrist relaxation" ? I'm guessing it must help when using this training technique. I thought it never rains on a golf course ! !

  79. Stefan Coors says:

    Perfect! Thanks much, Danny

  80. Sutton Bank says:

    Great video, Danny, thanks for the suffering! I had really good success with this on the range today. Couldn't manage to get the groove going then hit the ball but did the wiggle on my practice swing then just mentally pictured it once over the ball. I used the movement of the handle going to my lead thigh to begin the rhythm. After a bucket of iron shots I then found I was creaming my rescue and 3 wood with my normal swing. All off a mat so can't wait to try it out on a course. Thanks!

  81. Sansfaim says:

    Ah! The “old cows tail drill”. Works wonders!

  82. Samuel McCormick says:

    Excellent again if it ever stops raining I’ve been stuck in all weekend I’ll definitely try this 👏

  83. Ian Tweedie says:

    What a hero! Not many pros would do that! The quality of the video and the teaching totally unaffected! Great stuff Danny!

  84. jill barnes says:

    That was a very good explanation to what causes hitting behind the ball. Love your keenness to show us these videos despite the elements. Much appreciated.

  85. randell danner says:

    Any video for hitting from thin lies. Tendency is to hit thin trying to pick it.

  86. Mahoney says:

    Took this to the range this morning and saw dramatic improvement in contact through all my clubs. I've been watching a lot of old Bobby Jones footage and he did the same thing to ensure a relaxed take away. Its one thing to have relaxed forearms but allowing the wrists to stay supple as well really seems to assist with maintaining lag. Thanks for the excellent video in the not so friendly conditions.

  87. jay carter says:

    I was taught this technique and it helps massively but I definitely prefer how you explained it!

  88. Billie Dale says:

    Your release lesson released the rain.

  89. Rob Thornton says:

    Thanks for the lesson Danny. Appreciate you working it out in the rain. I sensing the basic concept that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. I recognize the flick in about 40% of my swings hitting it fat, and standing up due to lack of rotation in about 40% of my swings topping the ball. This seems a simple enough exercise to train my body to be more fluid in the swing while maintaining control of my hands. Can’t wait to try this on the range. Thanks again from North Carolina, USA

  90. Michael Haley says:

    Hi Julien the one thing you do not mention is your forward press

  91. josh lomax says:

    When l am playing well that wrist flick really comes into it's own.

  92. ROB T says:

    Yes a great way that I can understand Danny i will try tomorrow morning.

  93. curtis vincent says:

    I worked on this while playing yesterday. This, may be the single best video I've seen from anyone thus far. For me, this finally made sense and made a drastic improvement in my game after just 1 round. Thank you very much Danny!

  94. yunseok jeon says:

    I am korean.It has helped a lot.Thank you.

  95. David Binks says:

    Another gem Danny, keep these coming as they all help. Have a hot toddy, you’ve earned.

  96. Peter Iles says:

    Hi Danny I’m practicing your drag back method and I’ve found I’m getting back straight at impact and with a bit of practice I’m sure this will enable me to hit more ball then turf consistently.. a practice aid which can be used at home without a ball is the Accustrike mat as it gives instant feed back to where club head is at impact ..your videos are easy to follow because you keep it simple 👍👍

  97. Stuart Burgess says:

    What a great comment, "the golf swing came first and coaches like me came 2nd." The swing is natural. Great confidence booster Danny. That said, I have a sway problem and your second drill is dangerous.

  98. Stuart Burgess says:

    8:30. Was that hit thin 😉

  99. Brandon Ferguson says:

    Flow motion. Left foot right foot

  100. Fedo Casillas says:

    Do we need to practice this drill on British weather or does it work in a more decent environment too?

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