Golf is all about being able to lead the ball into the sweet spot with the right balance of controlling trajectory and shaping shots. By and large, trajectory is mainly a function of clubface loft. To be more specific, it is largely influenced and dictated by the loft at impact. Making lower trajectory shots will typically generate more roll on the golf ball, which is very useful especially in windy conditions. What does it take then to hit the golf ball low?
There are some small adjustments to pay attention to in order to hit a lower trajectory shot. Normally, these adjustments can be grouped into three main categories, namely:
1. Adapting the Right Posture and Adjusting Your Center of Gravity
To make a lower trajectory shot, the key is in adjusting your weight distribution or shifting your center of gravity. Doing this simply means having your hands and your whole weight lean forward.
Get into position by keeping your sternum and head in front of the ball throughout the swing. Make sure your hands are in front of the ball and that they feel like they stay well ahead of the club head, putting less wrist hinge to aim for lower trajectory. At the same time, the shaft must be leaning towards the target. The combination of these gestures really compresses the golf ball. This way, the loft is significantly decreased and a lower shot is achieved.
However, if you start leaning backwards and shift your center of gravity back up during the swing, you will cause the ball to soar in an upward fashion. More wrist hinge also results to higher trajectory.
2. Fine-Tuning Ball Position and Swinging Postures
Place the ball position a little farther back than usual; that is, play the ball back anywhere from center of your stance to your rear foot. Grip down on the club handle and make your swing flatter to make the ball’s trajectory lower.
Tilt your shoulder forward and lower when making a swing. Also, adjusting your swing speed can make such a great difference. You can make the shot fly lower by slowing down your swing pace: execute a smooth, abbreviated swing. To do this, either shorten the swing or choke down on the club. A softer swing pace can be achieved by creating an even, pendulum-like rhythm. The ball’s spin rate is lowered in the process, preventing an upward flight but keeping the ball flight lower and therefore, resulting to lower trajectories.
Practice baseball swings to adapt to this stance quickly. As opposed to a V-shaped swing, go for a more of a wide, U-shaped swing that will create a more shallow approach towards the ball. Developing the U-shaped swing will help essentially in just hitting the golf ball as high as the loft of the club will allow.
Higher trajectory shots work the other way around. Placing the ball position forward, tilting your shoulder forward and higher, as well as gripping up on the handle all contribute to the increase of the trajectory. Moreover, the faster the swing is, the more backspin and more height it creates.
3. Finishing Well: Making an Effective Follow Through
Even after the swing is made, it is important to set your weight forward, as emphasized quite fully earlier on, and maintain it there until the finish and the follow through. Leaning your weight forward helps a lot in delofting the clubface and ensuring a steep, descending blow. Many make the mistake of starting forward but unconsciously fall back up during the swing. Leaning forward often makes you pick the club up steeper, making the ball flight tend to go higher. Keep the trajectory low by making sure that your body leads the swing and finishes forward.
The release of the shot is another important aspect of that influence the trajectory as well. The more extended your arms are throughout the shot, the lower the ball flight will be. When you let the club come up more in the follow-through, the shot will produce more height.
Last but not the least, finish low by holding the club head below the waistline after impact. It is important to avoid executing a full swing at this point.
Now, On to the Course
Taking note of all the elements discussed here will be helpful in hitting a golf ball with a lower trajectory. Be sure to practice the positions and other critical points well in order to make the ball fly lower.
All told, changing just a few things in your setup and swing techniques can allow you to increase and strengthen your arsenal of shots and better prepare you for any obstacle you will face on the course. Though, obviously, the easiest alternative would be to choose a lower lofted club to make the shot low.…Read more