How To Hit A Lob Shot In Golf

By Bill Herrfeldt

Until the lob wedge came into its own, even professionals had a hard time getting close to a pin that was just over a sand trap. Finally, someone had the idea that a club with a higher loft could hit a golf ball high and land it on the green softly. Hence, the the lob wedge was born, and it is now in the bag of every touring professional. Hitting a lob wedge takes practice as well as technique.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
Step 1
Keep your weight in the back of your stance, which should be quite open. Place the ball where it's comfortable for you, but be sure it remains inside the foot closest to the target. The trick of hitting great lob shots is to keep your hands, shoulders and lower body as relaxed as you can.
Step 2
Limit the motion of the bottom half of your body to improve the accuracy of your lob shots. Remember that it's not the role of a lob shot to go a long way, but to fly high and land softly onto the green.
Step 3
Open up your club face. That may seem counter-intuitive because your lob wedge is already at 60 or more degrees, but to hit a lob shot properly, your club should be at about 75 degrees. Also, make sure that you are not hitting a lob shot off of hard ground, because you'll find it extremely hard to do. There should be grass under the ball so you have room to swing the club head under it.
Step 4
Take a full swing, even though you are only hitting the ball a short distance. If hit correctly, the ball will pop up and fly a short distance despite the full swing; that is the advantage of the lofted club.
Step 5
Experiment hitting various lob shots until you feel confident about your distance. Determine how far you hit this shot by varying the size of your swing and the power you exert.

About The Author

Bill Herrfeldt specializes in finance, sports and the needs of retiring people, and has been published in the national edition of "Erickson Tribune," the "Washington Post" and the "Arizona Republic." He graduated from the University of Louisville.

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