Feedback Golf Tip: The Lob Shot

drivingRangeTo set up a 60° Wedge shot, your feet should be close together (front foot open), weight will be on your front leg, and the ball positioned on your front heel.

  • As you address the ball, open the face of your club – the more you open the face, the more loft you add to the club – and make sure your hands are ahead of the club and not the ball.
  • In the backswing, immediately cock your wrist to create a steep angle (try to get the butt of the club to point down).
  • On the downswing, hold on to your angle (don’t un-cock your wrist). The face of the club should point to the sky in your follow through. Note: Right-handed players: do not let your right hand cross your left.

If the ground is soft or fluffy, switch and use your 56° wedge but keep the same setup and swing as above. With the proper practice, you can hit the shot just like Phil.

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FeedbacK Golf Tip: Keep it in the short grass

drivingRangeSwinging for distance is not always the answer to play your best golf game. If you happened to watch any of the U.S. Open you may have noticed many players take a club that was not a driver off the tee as it became much more important to find the fairway than hit the long shot. Justin Rose capitalized on this strategy, and, as a result, did a better job finding the fairway which was the key to his victory.

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FeedbacK Golf Tip: Greenside Bunkers

drivingRangeTo set up a greenside bunker shot, the golf ball should be positioned inside your front heel and your feet and shoulders should be open to the target (weight should favor your front leg). As you address the ball, open the face of the club (club face should now be facing the target). Try to hit the sand about a ½ inch behind the ball and keep the club face pointing to the sky during follow-thru. Keep in mind, your club must always be accelerating so the length of your swing will dictate distance.

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FeedbacK Golf Tip: The Sidehill Lie – Ball Below Your Feet

drivingRangeTo maintain balance, sit back towards your heels to provide more tilt from your hips as you address a golf ball that is lower than your feet. Aim to the left of your target (right-handed golfers) as ground conditions will naturally cause the ball to fade right. Your swing plan will be more vertical due to posture and limited body rotation; therefore, choose a club with more loft to maximize your shot.

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FeedbacK Golf Tip: How to Play Downhill Lies

drivingRangeThe majority of your weight will be on your front leg and your shoulders should be parallel to the slope (spine is perpendicular to the slope) as you address the ball. Aim the ball to the left of your target – this is due to the fact that this is a downhill lie and will encourage the ball to go right. To offset the downhill condition, use one less club. Work hard to make a full shoulder turn on your back swing.

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FeedbacK Golf Tip: How to Play From Uphill Lies

drivingRangeWhen you address the ball, your weight should be on your rear foot with your shoulders parallel to the slope. Aim the ball to the right of your target – this is due to the fact that this is an uphill lie and will encourage the ball to go left. Uphill lies generate higher ball flight and less distance; to compensate, use one more club. Remember, you have to work harder to get on your front side in the down swing because you are working uphill.

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FeedbacK Golf Tip: Reader Response Question – How to Improve Direction

drivingRangeRobert W responded to last week’s tip to say he has improved both his balance and his ball striking; however, he still tends to push or pull the ball about 20 yards off line and would like some insight on how to improve this area of his game.
Robert, my first suggestion would be to check your set up:

  • Ball position should be inside your left heel with the driver
  • Distance from the ball should be a fist and a half from the butt of the club to your body

If adjusting your set up does not correct your issues, the next step is to look at what your club is doing – pulled shots are the result of the club moving from the outside in on the down swing.

  • Try to feel your right elbow drop to your right hip on your downswing (that way we’ll know the club is working from the inside)
  • A good practice drill is to swing half way down and stop: at that point, the butt of the club should be pointing at the BALL

Finally, and most important, try to soften your arms. Thanks for your question Robert and be sure to let me know how your game improves.

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