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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

How to Hit That Ball Low

On School of Golf with Martin Hall on GC Tuesday night, he talked about hitting low shots. However, there are different types of low shots. This video by PGA teaching professional Kevin Battersby shows you the difference between hitting a low shot with an iron and with a driver.

Note that with the iron you hit down on the ball, but with the driver (and the ball on a tee) you want to hit up on the ball. We'll come back to this in a second.

One thing that Kevin didn't stress which Martin did is that, when using the iron, you'd like to keep the iron moving parallel to the ground for a while after you hit the ball if possible. This minimizes the lift created by backspin. Kevin hints at this when he talks about hitting the ground well ahead of the ball, but Martin expressed the concept a bit better.

You might wonder why there's a difference between how the irons and woods create a low shot. It's all about the shape of the face. While irons are flat, woods have rounded faces. The side-to-side curve is called bulge, and the top-to-bottom curve is called roll. Those "outward curves" in the face of a wood prevent them from putting as much backspin on the ball as the flat face of an iron does, which is why a hybrid -- which also has a flat face -- tends to hit the ball higher and stop it faster than a fairway wood does.

And that's the "low-down" on how to keep your shots low.

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