How to Hit a High Short Golf Shot

How to Hit a High Short Golf Shot

Hit a High Golf Shot Over a Bunker

I am faced with the situation that many of you have experienced before. If you look at my situation where the golf ball is behind the bunker, I have to hit a high shot over the bunker to a pin with very little green to work with. We have all had this shot before where we have to get the ball up in the air, land it softly on the green without a lot of roll. Now the tough thing is that I have a tight lie right here, you know if I would have missed it a little further back here I am in the taller grass. Most amateur golfers would rather hit a ball out of tall grass than short grass and the reason for that is that when they are in the tall grass they know that they can get underneath the golf ball and get it up in the air and on the green. When they get to the short grass it is more difficult because they are not sure how to get the ball up in the air.

Find the Correct Angle

What is important here is the angle of attack, the angle the golf club goes down into the ground. Most amateurs try to help the ball up, they scoop it with their wrists right here, the club bounces off the ground and a lot of times you get that skull shot.

  • What you want to do is set up, open the clubface first and then grip it, I have my 58 degree lob wedge right now, by opening the club I will utilize the bounce of the club.
  • The next thing I am going to do is I am going to play the ball position center, and when I set up to it I am going to hinge my wrists on the backswing so that when I come down I am coming more down into the ground and that is going to shoot the ball up in the air.

So open the clubface first, grip it, setup to it, hinge on the backswing, hit down on it and you get a high soft shot with very little roll. So when you go out and practice golf just work on hinging it on the backswing, hitting down into the ground on the forward swing. If you can trust that you will hit that high soft shot every time.

About the Instructor
Mike McGetrick
Mike McGetrick
McGetrick Golf Academy
4900 Himalaya Road, Building Q
Denver, CO 80249
Tel: 303-799-0870

Mike McGetrick heads the Mike McGetrick Golf Academy which is located in beautiful Denver, Colorado and features one of the most modern golf instruction facilities in the world. He is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #7


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