The following are a few tips that can help you lower your score. The better understanding a player has on the basics of how to play certain shots, then the more confidence they will have when faced with that shot. If you have any questions on any part of your game, email Ben at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hitting into the wind
- Most players try to swing too hard when hitting into the wind. This puts too much spin on the ball and creates a higher ball flight.
- The player should take 2 more clubs and slide their hands 1.5″ to 2″ down the grip and change the ball position so that it is in the center of the stance or slightly back of center.
- The swinging motion should be made as either a 1/2 or 3/4 swing and the tempo should be smooth.
Uphill Pitch Shots
- Understand what the slope does to the ball – it adds loft to the shot.
- The ball position should be in the middle of the stance or slightly forward of middle.
- The shoulder tilt should be with the slope and the weight more in the back leg.
- The player should feel like they are swinging the club along the slope.
- The club should have a low takeaway and a high finish.
- Most importantly, look at what club you are using for the shot.
Flop Shot Fundamentals
- First and foremost, check the lie of the golf ball before attempting this shot. If it has a tight lie, then this shot should not be attempted. If it has a cushion of grass underneath it, then the lie is conducive for the shot. This is a high risk shot and should not be attempted in your round until it has been practiced and the player is comfortable with it.
- Open up your stance and open up the clubface with your right hand, then place your left hand on the club. It will feel like the left hand is more on the side of the club.
- Stand further from the ball and have more knee flex.
- The ball position is more forward and the clubface must remain open.
- The weight is evenly distributed in your legs (50/50). It is okay to have a little more weight in your left leg.
- The player should have a reasonably long backswing to generate speed with a lot of loft (keeping the clubface open).
- The speed of the swing and loft will hit the ball high and land softly.
- Swing the club along your foot line and let the body take the club through to the finish.