How Three Golf Ball Positions Affect Your Shot

How Three Golf Ball Positions Affect Your Shot

Control Your Trajectory for More Golf Shot Options

On these short game shots the ability to control your trajectory gives you the player so many choices around the green. I have three different ball positions here and I am going to hit three different shots from the same technique, which means the same grip, the same stance and the same type of swing. What is going to happen is we are going to hit a low shot, a medium shot and a high shot. Where is see most amateurs struggle with this is that they are trying to hit the low shot and the high shot from the same ball position.

If they want to hit it high, and I see this all the time, is they tend to try to flip there hands to get the ball up. If you are going to change and alter the trajectory based upon the shot that you want to hit you need to change the ball location in your stance which is going to change the golf club and the relationship of the handle to the leading edge. Let me show you exactly what it is going to look like.

Where to Stand for a Low Trajectory Golf Shot

For a low trajectory shot, that means the ball is going to run a lot when it lands on the green, my ball position is going to be back towards my trailing leg, my club handle is forward and my weight is a little bit more on to my forward leg. Let's look at it with a shot. The ball took off low and it is going to run quite a bit. You notice that my swing was actually a little shorter too.

Golf Stance for a Medium Trajectory Shot

Now for a medium size trajectory you can see that the ball is more in the middle of my stance, the handle is just a little bit ahead of the clubhead, not as much as it was with the low shot. The ball is going to go a little bit higher and not run as much.

How to Stand for the High Trajectory Golf Shot

For a shot that I really have to hit it high and stop the ball is going to be more up in my stance with the handle actually slightly behind the leading edge of the clubhead. You notice that my swing was also a different length because I wanted to be able to hit the shot different distances. This is how you do it.

You need to go out there and practice it a little bit and I think you will find that around the green you will be able to have more choices, see more opportunities and hopefully knock some chip shots in.

About the Instructor
Laird Small
Laird Small
Pebble Beach Golf Academy
1700 17-Mile Drive
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
Tel: 831-622-8650

Laird Small is Director of The Pebble Beach Golf Academy and is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #23 instructor in the world.


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