Hit Over a Sand Trap to an Elevated Green
As we move up to the green we often find ourselves in situations like this one. Here I have to go over a sand trap, I am hitting to a green that is a little bit elevated, but I have a lot of green to work with if you notice. I need to throw the ball up in the air but I still have some green where the ball can run on. I do not need to throw a dart and get that real high shot. The best shot to use in a situation like this would be a medium-trajectory shot.
How to Hit a Medium-Trajectory Golf Shot
When I hit a medium-trajectory shot what I need to do is set up correctly so that I get the ball flight that I want. For a medium shot I am going to play a fairly narrow stance but it will be wider than for a chip shot. The ball is now going to be in the center of my stance and I have selected a 54-degree wedge which will give me some height but I will still get more run than I would with my sand wedge. I am going to balance with my weight a little on the left and I am going to make a bigger arm swing than I did with the low shot. My goal when I do this is to clip the grass slightly behind the ball. The wrist hinge I use is minimal, I am just letting the weight of the club hinge my wrist. When I finish I am going to try to finish by my left pocket, I want the club to work back over to the left because I am swinging on an arc. My body is moving more coming through than coming back, which is something for us women to watch. Often times we get a little too much movement back here with our lower body and it makes it hard for us to make clean contact.
Practice the Medium Golf Shot
Let’s hit one. I am still bent over, balanced a little left. That flew about halfway and rolled up to the pin. Try these medium shots, it is a bread-and-butter shot for you. It is also a little mimic of the full swing, you can work a lot on the arc of your swing when you are practicing the medium-trajectory shot. You can also grow that shot and start making bigger shots by taking the club further back and further through. Again, the medium shot is a great shot for you to play all around the golf course. Do not throw that ball up in the sky if you do not have to.