This is a huge problem for many people. Staying behind the ball, but not hanging back.
It is simple and difficult at the same time.
It is simple because you just need to find a feel that creates this situation. Finding that feel can be difficult. You have to be careful, because you don’t want to put too much pressure on your lower back.
Therein lies the issue. Most bad movements are an effort to relieve pressure on the lower back. The reality is a good golf swing puts pressure on the lower back, even if it is a natural motion.
Neither of these feels may work for you, but they have worked for some of my students. You will get the idea and maybe come up with a feel that works for you.
If your shoulders are rotating 90* to your spine and the shoulders begin to rotate with the start of the downswing…generally, you won’t get in front of it. The problem is when the left shoulder moves toward the target before the shoulders begin to rotate.
(Right handed golfers) Initiate your downswing by feeling like your left shoulder goes away from the target, while your right shoulder goes toward it.
The following one can be very contorting, but it will help. IF you try this…work on it hitting 50 yard shots so you don’t hurt yourself. Your zipper goes toward the target, while your head stays behind it.
Now that you get the idea, you can probably figure the feel that gets you personally to get this ironed out.
Whatever feel, swing thought that gets your lower body moving to the front side, while maintaining your upper body behind the ball.
For those who like the technical aspect…this concept creates the desired spine tilt behind the ball at impact that helps create leverage and power. Not good for the back, but good for swing speed.