How to Bounce a Golf Ball On Your Club

By Mike Camunas

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The trick of bouncing a golf ball off of a club was brought into the mainstream thanks to a Nike commercial in which Tiger Woods juggles, or bounces, a golf ball on a wedge. Let's keep in mind we are talking about a player who was then the number 1 golfer in the world. But despite the difficulty of the shot, with practice it can be done by amateurs.


Difficulty: Challenging
  1. Decide which club works best for you in bouncing a ball. An 8 iron will probably be the best bet since it will have a flatter surface on which to bounce the ball.
  2. Begin by trying to get the bounce right. This will take some time and effort. The ball must bounce straight up and down, but not bounce too high. Try to find some balance by bouncing the ball in front of the center of your body.
  3. When bouncing the ball, choke up on the club, going to about the middle of the shaft. As you get better at bouncing the ball, you'll be able to move closer to the grip.
  4. Once bouncing the ball becomes easier, it's time to take it a step further and add a swing. To do this, your swing will be a bit like a baseball swing. On the final bounce, hit the ball up to about chin level, but no lower than chest level, and let it come back down. While it's coming down, quickly move your hands to the grip and swing, making sure the club face is open to hit the ball.
  5. It will take plenty of practice to hit a straight shot.

Tips & Warnings

  • Practice, practice and practice some more. The hardest part will be juggling the ball straight up and high enough to take a swing.
  • Do not try this on a course. Go to the range or an open field. With people on the course, it could be dangerous.

About the Author

Mike Camunas is also reporter for the St. Petersburg Times, covering local golf in the Tampa Bay area, from events to golfers hitting hole in ones, to even covering the professional events that hit town. He has been playing golf for about 11 years and has not seen his handicap lower. Maybe one day, but he'll stick to his day job for now.