How To Stop Skying The Ball

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Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf and founder of Ignition Golf. Paul's golf swing technique is based on the Iron Byron swing machine. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

10 Responses to “How To Stop Skying The Ball”

  1. September 15, 2012


    Hi Paul. I am in the 7 day trial period. Am planning to sign up for sure; the site and your instruction are excellent.

    My question relating to the Stop Skying the Ball video relates to head movement; in the video you indicate that the head moves back to the right slightly with the driver. Does the head also move back slightly with middle/short irons.

    All the best,

    Chris Rasmussen
    [email protected]

    • September 17, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Chris, Thank you for the interest in the site and your feedback. I truly appreciate it.

      Yes, the head will move back for all clubs. This will allow you to load onto the back leg with the majority of your weight. Most pros move their head. As with anything there are exceptions.

      To see their head move, just take a ruler or other object while watch a video of their swing off their left ear at set up. As they go back you will see their head move away from this line. It is definitely behind the ball at impact in every pro with every club regardless if they move their head back or not.

      Here is a tip I did on it:

      Move Head:

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    September 26, 2014


    So before I watched this tip, I started looking at the back of the ball through my swing and what a difference. You just reinforced what I accidentally discovered with looking at the label. Also very helpful tip on the foot position. Thanks for all these tips. So glad I joined up!
    Best, Carl

    • September 27, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you liked it. Once you stay behind it you will never sky it again. Doesn’t take long to get it either.

  3. Paul,

    This tip has cured my over the top. I was absolutely skying many drives and getting frustrated because I thought I was definitely getting behind the ball with my head but was still skying it.
    Then it just hit me today on the course when thinking of this tip and what a revelation…..
    I realised that my first move with my upper body was to push my right shoulder forward. When I instead concentrated on letting my shoulder drop a bit instead, it was amazing the difference in ball striking.
    No more skying and much more consistent contact with irons.

    Thank you!!!

  4. Hi Paul. Is the head ahead of the ball the only reason for skied shots or could there be other reasons? I sometimes lean forward slightly but Im not ahead of the ball. Can there be other factors to these skied shots or is the head position the only one?

    • Stian,

      This is the only reason. You shouldn’t be skying it with your swing. I still remember the last ball I ever skyed. Great day when I got rid of it. How? I stayed behind the ball as I hit the ball.

  5. August 12, 2018


    Hi Paul…thanks for the eye opening tip about the head moving forward. I’ve always hit my shots too high, especially driver, and every once in a while I recognize that my head has been sliding forward, along with my lower body, creating a severe downward angle, with, yes, the occasional sky ball. I like your idea about focusing on the label on the back of the ball as a way of staying back and will try tomorrow on the range. Questions:
    1. Do you think my head movement forward is tied into my hip sliding does thiscontribute to my general high ball flight (and lack of distance)
    2. What else do you recommend to get that piercing ball flight like what I see you hit when you do demo swings using the driver? My thought has been more active wrist rotation but when I try to do that I seem to loose the “powerless” swing feel.

    Thanks so much for all your helpful insight

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