Trying to figure out how to get the golf ball into the air to get over a hill, sand traps or water? To get the golf ball to go into the air faster, we have to do these three things:
- Open up the clubface
- Keep the weight forward
- Accelerate through the ball
1. Open the clubface
To open the clubface for a right-handed golfer, all you have to do is turn the clubhead clockwise. (opposite of lefties) Opening up the clubface adds loft to your shot and helps utilize the bottom of the club (bounce) to help slide more easily underneath the golf ball.
2. Keep the Weight Forward
Keeping the weight on your front side is crucial when trying to get the golf ball to go into the air. The reason why keeping our weight over the golf ball helps is so you can correctly come down at the ball at a steeper angle of attack, thus popping the golf ball into the air. If your weight moves too far back during the takeaway, you will have trouble making contact with the ball and usually end up using the wrists to flip down at the ball. This causes those dreaded chunks and thin shots!
3. Accelerate Through the Ball
Both the tips above are useless if we don’t follow through after contact. All of the acceleration of your downswing needs to go past the ball in order for you to utilize the loft of the club properly. I have found the easiest way to do this is to make sure that your arms keep moving after you make contact with the golf ball. If you your arms stop at the ball, you won’t have enough momentum for the ball to lift into the air. So remember to keep the arms moving and you will start to see the pop up into the air and land softly onto the green!
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