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Controlling Trajectory

Controlling Trajectory is the ability to control the height of one's golf ball. Many shots in golf require a lower trajectory like hitting into the wind or punching under a tree. Many shots require hitting a ball higher as well. Shots that require height are shots such as a flop shot over a bunker and hitting over a tree or other obstacles. Alterations in club selection, ball position and weight distribution can all help a player control the trajectory of their golf ball.

Controlling Trajectory Drills

Controlling Trajectory Tips

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  • Learn to Work the Ball

    During each practice session spend a little time working the ball. Most golfers feel they can't curve the ball left or right, but this is mostly because they have never tried it. Working the ball is easy with just a few adjustments to your set up. Like anything else though, be sure to spend time playing around with it on the practice range so that you will actually have the confidence to try it on the course. I recommend that my students end their practice sessions having some fun working the ball left, right, high and low to let their creative juices flow.

  • Lag the Clubhead

    For all full swings keep the club head behind your hands as long as possible to make sure that you hit the ball first, then the ground. When you lag the club and let it release at the last possible moment you are storing your energy and maintaining control. Remember, as soon as the club catches up to your hands and starts to pass them you are no longer descending and no longer in control of the face.

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