Being able to fly the ball low is a crucial skill in golf. Whether it is dealing with tree problems or keeping the ball out of the wind, a low ball is always handy on the court.
However, achieving the desired low ball flight can be a tricky proposition. Professionals make changing trajectories seem easy, but amateurs know that it is far from possible.
For help hitting a low, piercing ball, we enlisted the help of a few experts. In this episode of How to Hit Every Shot, LPGA pro Angel Yin teamed up with GOLF Top 100 instructor Nick Clearwater to demonstrate the keys to the low ball. Check out the video above or read below to learn more.
1. Shorten your swing
The reason the ball blows in the air when it is reeling is because of the ball’s excessive spin. When that extra spin combines with the wind, the ball shoots straight into the air, taking any distance from it.
To keep the spin down, Yin suggests swinging a little slower than your normal pace. Clearwater agrees.
“That’s why it’s good to shorten the swing,” he says. “You just don’t swing that fast.”
So before you try to blow one away, remember, slower is better.
2. Take an extra club (or two)
Since you swing a little slower, the ball naturally becomes shorter – even without taking the wind into account. Take a club or two more than the actual distance to combat this.
“Start with one [club more]”Says Yin. “You can’t take two if you don’t take one first.”
3. Ball back into stance
Another great way to get the ball flying low is to put the ball in the back position. With an iron, this means a ball or two behind the center position in your stance. With longer clubs, it may be a little higher up, but make sure it’s behind where you normally would have it.
“I keep it simple,” says Yin.
4. Shorter turn
The final step in hitting the ball is shortening your swing. Combined with all of the steps listed above, the ball should come out nice and deep to penetrate the wind.
1. Shorten your swing 2. Take an extra club (or two) 3. Ball back into stance 4. Shorter swing
Zephyr Melton is Assistant Editor at GOLF.com, where he spends his days blogging, producing, and editing. Before joining the GOLF.com team, he attended the University of Texas, followed by stints with Team USA, the Green Bay Packers and the PGA Tour. He supports in all matters of teaching and covers amateur and ladies golf.