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Question on Shot Making:

What determines if a player has a naturally high or low ball flight?

1) Angle of attack. When you come in steep, the ball will pop up. A flatter more rounded swing will produce a lower ball flight.

2) Ball position. If you play it back in your stance you will generally hit it lower and if you play it forward you will hit it higher.

3) Center of gravity. If you are more in front of the ball with your head and sternum you will tend to smother the shot hitting it low. If you are leaning or hanging back you will tend to scoop the ball and hit it higher.

4) Path or plane. When a player hits from the outside, he is usually coming in more steep and popping the ball up. A player that hits from the inside will usually come in more shallow knocking the trajectory down.

5) Release. A player that releases late and keeps the club head behind his hands will get a more boring trajectory. A player who releases early and lets the club flip past his hands will scoop the ball hitting it higher.

6) Equipment. If a golfer has a shaft that is too stiff for him he will tend to hit the ball lower. If the shaft is too wippy or the kick point is too low for his swing, he will balloon the ball up in the air.

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