How To Use Golf Club Technology To The Fullest
One of the things all of us are “guilty” of is hitting poor shots because we are trying to hit the ball higher or lower.

That causes us to try to change our swings and approach to the ball and ends up often with a poor shot. Even for low handicap players, we don't practice enough to have a full range of shots/swings with each club. Heck, it’s hard enough to get one swing that is reasonably reliable.

But in any round of golf, there are a number of times that you think you need to hit the ball lower or higher to negotiate the wind, trees, or what have you. So, let’s examine a much easier way to achieve the goal, using the geometry of the clubs in your bag, instead of trying to “manufacture” some kind of hybrid swing that you really haven’t practiced.

To begin, let’s look at the high shot. The easiest way to get the ball to fly higher is to use a more lofted club, right ?

But if you're behind a tree, for example, and you need an 8-iron loft, but can’t get an 8-iron all the way to the green, you have other options.

The easiest is to just take a 7-iron and lay the face open a few degrees and aim a few yards left of your target. This will give you the loft of an 8-iron, but the longer shaft will give you distance more like a 7-iron.

You can even lay open a 6-iron and possibly get the results you need. The key to hitting this shot is to make sure you grip the club with the face open the desired amount, and not that you rotate the hands to open the face at address.

If you do that, your hands will return to their natural position through impact and the face will square. Laying the face open a bit is a very good way to hit high soft approach shots when you are playing firm greens, too.

On the other hand, let’s say a breeze is in your face and you want a lower shot.

Too often, golfers try to hit a “punch” shot, and what they do is pinch the ball cleaner, implying more spin and end up with an up-shooter that dies in the wind.

A much easier way to lower the trajectory of any iron is to simply take one more club and then choke down one half inch, so that it’s effective length is the same as the shorter club you were contemplating.

Because you have the stronger club in your hands, you will tend to swing smoother, imparting less spin, so that the shot will bore into the wind much better.

Both of these shots should be practiced on the range, and it can be fun.  Hit shots with the face open varying amounts and choking up varying amounts to watch what happens to trajectory and distance.

I think you'll learn a lot about this game by doing that.
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Mike says:
Here's where I need your "special" grips for all my clubs, as when I try this, I don't know exactly where 1/2" is and if I grip down a full inch rather than 1/2", I come up short.

I find my best success, using this method, comes when I use 2 more clubs or 2 less clubs, rather than one.

I'm sure everybody will be different and that's what range balls are for - trial, error and practice.
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