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Improved Trajectory: How to Hit Higher Golf Shots


During the course of a typical round of golf, you will find yourself in need of extra height on your shot. Instances where a high shot is necessary to include times when you need to hit the ball over an obstacle. Also, if you want to stop an approach shot on a portion of the green, more height is your best option. Golfers that hit the ball relatively low will face considerable difficulty in any situation requiring a high shot. Just as high hitters would face difficulty in situations requiring a low shot.

PGA tour players routinely hit really high shots that drop gently onto the green, stopping a few feet from the landing point. It is truly an amazing spectacle to watch, and you too can perform such a feat. All you need is the right knowledge. This article will discuss some tips and techniques to help increase the trajectory of your golf shots.  Here are some tips to help you raise your trajectory:

Clubs

Similarly to most tasks, the equipment plays a significant role in the relative ease or otherwise. For many beginners and amateurs, the most confusing aspect of golf is the many different golf clubs and how they hit the ball. In live applications, each golf club is swung differently to produce a higher trajectory. 

Drivers

When it comes to hitting high shots, the driver is the first golf club that should be discussed. This is because driver shots typically do not need to stop shortly after landing. This does not necessarily mean that your driver shots will not benefit from some extra height, however. With a good deal of height, your driver shots will cover more distance and carry more hazards.

To increase your ball’s trajectory in a driver shot, ensure that the ball is teed very high. You also need to stay behind the ball during the swing. Many right-handed low hitters usually make the mistake of sliding past the ball to the left during the downswing. As for left-handed low hitters, the reverse is the case. Make sure you rotate through the shot and you should be fine. With a combination of a ball teed high and no slide in the downswing, you will get more height on your shot.

Irons

Irons operate counterintuitively when it comes to raising the ball’s flight trajectory. In fact, with irons, you need to swing down on the ball if you want the ball to fly high. If you swing an iron aggressively down through the ball, it creates a backspin which allows the ball to climb through the air as it flies. The ball also stops rather abruptly thanks to the backspin. Hence, this method gives a two-fold desired effect.

It is also important to note that hitting down should be done in moderation because you can in fact go too far. If you hit down on the ball too far, the ball comes out in a really low launch angle, although it still has a lot of backspin, it does not climb high. In addition, slamming an iron down into the ground with such force poses the risk of injury.

What you should do is swing through impact on a path that guides the club straight through the ball with a moderate downward inclination. Aim for a long and shallow divot, not a short and steep one and you should get significant height on your iron shots.

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Turning

The speed with which the club hits the ball is another major determining factor of the ball’s trajectory. Ideally, the more speed a swing carries, the more spin it produces. More spin allows your ball to climb higher on its flight path.

The key to getting a more powerful swing is to pay attention to the backswing turn. The backswing produces the basis for generating power on the downswing, and as such, it should be done with that intent. You should never rush any part of the swing, especially the backswing. Giving yourself enough time to turn away from the target fully before starting the downswing ultimately generates more power in the downswing.

Focus your shoulders on turning from the target during the backswing. However, once you transition into the downswing, the focus should shift to your hips. A good combination of a shoulder-led backswing turn and a hip-led downswing turn can produce a very powerful with the clubface, sure to send the ball flying really high.

Mechanics

Like most golfers, you likely have your golf swing mechanics in place. In pursuit of more height, be sure that you do not ruin the mechanics you already have while trying to get the ball to fly higher. Remember, you can enjoy a great game of golf and get really low scores while hitting low shots. Many professional golfers have had lots of under-par scores without hitting high balls. So, do not force it. Rather, work on executing proper mechanics and build on that. You may find that good swing mechanics makes your balls fly higher. If your shots still fly relatively lower to your peers, you need not worry too much about it. All you need to do is focus on proper execution, and low ball trajectory will have minimal impact on your score.

It is also important to note that higher balls do not automatically mean lower scores and vice versa. However, higher shots are nice when you can pull them off properly. They also come with some useful advantages such as carrying hazards and fly over obstacles more easily.

Try the following tips:

  • Open the clubface and play the ball forward: By positioning the ball back in your stance, you can de-loft the club more. Aim the club slightly right of the target and align your feet to the left. (right-handed golfers).
  • Swing harder with a less club: By design, an 9-iron has more loft than a 8-iron. Also, harder swings create more backswing which sends the ball higher up. This means that if you take a less club than usual and then swing harder than usual, you will get more height on your shot.
  • Stand closer, finishing high: Upright swings typically produce more height than flat swings. Simply stand about an inch closer to the ball and your usual technique should get your ball higher. Make sure your hands are high over your head at the finish.
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