Hitting short game shots around the green it is important to control the height with which you hit the golf ball. A lot of times we talk about distance and direction, but the height really influences the type of shot you hit.
Changing Your Set-Up to Hit Different Trajectories
I want to share with you three different shots that you can hit: a low shot, a medium shot and a high shot, by just changing your set up. To hit a low shot I want to set up and position the ball in the back of my stance, so for a right handed golfer by your right instep, and position the hands forward at address.
Chipping: Correct Impact Position
When I come into impact this will create an impact position with the shaft leaning forward, delofting the club and hitting it a little lower. If I want to hit a standard height chip, what I will do is I will set up and position the ball in the center of my stance and position the handle in the center.
So at impact when I come into the ball the handle and the clubhead will get there are the same time, hitting a slightly higher shot. The third one is a higher trajectory. What I am going to there is move the ball up and set up to it and you can see where my hands are actually a little behind the ball, so that at impact the clubhead is beating the handle of the club, hitting it a little higher.
Ball Position for Different Trajectories
So all I am doing is changing my set up to get three different trajectories for three different types of shots with the same swing. Let me demonstrate each one.
- The first one is the ball back by my right instep, hands forward, this is going to be my low bump and run shot, hands are ahead.
- The second one is when I set up the ball is centered, my hands are centered, so at impact the clubhead and the handle get there at the same time.
- The third one is ball position more forward, hands back, so that the hands are behind the ball at impact.
Try adjusting your set up to get three different types of height when you hit your short game shots.