In order to use a lob wedge in golf, it's important to hit a lob shot with the ball in a forward position relative to the golfer's stance. Learn about the effect of the lack of friction created by lob shots with help from a Class A member of the PGA of America in this free video on golf lob wedges.
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Hi, this is Kevin Battersby with battersbygolf.com in Coconut Creek, Florida. In this clip I'm going to show you how to use a lob wedge. Actually I have my 56 degree wedge, Mizuno, in my hands with 10 degrees of bounce. I can actually hit this with my 56 degrees and also by varying my setup which I'll show you make it a 6 degree or a 64. So you don't have to necessary go out and buy a 64 degree wedge; if you have a little creativity, a little awareness with your hands you can do that with one club. Essentially when I'm hitting my lob shot, I've got the ball forward to my stance, it's in front of my spine. One of the main tendency of all wedge play and iron plays, the club will usually at the ground under my spine. So when I put the ball in the front of my spine like my driver, my club is going to bottom up before the ball and actually touch the grass first and then come up and hit the shot. How this differs from a normal shot is there's much less club ball friction and that's what you want in your lob shot. You want actually a higher angle of the ball leading out and actually has a lower spin; okay. So that's the whole purpose of hitting a lob shot. So the ball is in the front and the club's just going to brush the grass, giving me much less club ball friction and much less contact if I'm going to hit the ground first. The advantage of using a lob wedge is in the bucker, I can get it for the shorter shots; I can get higher and softer; outside the bucker I can hit little short pitch shots over a trap and take advantage of that. So when hitting a lob shot, as again, the ball is more toward the front of my stance; my weight is actually set to the back. And we said the club is going to be under my spine so you can see the contact point of the grass, it will be right back here. It's imperative that you're not going to take a big divot and if you notice when I take my practice swing, I'm just going to brush the grass. What this allows for is a lot less club ball friction on the ball and a higher trajectory the ball leading. It actually less spin; a good lob shot, you can see the ball spinning in the air because you've actually hit a very defensive lofted shot. So the ball's forward and just brush the grass, as oppose to the handle being forward and hitting a conventional pitch shot. This has been Kevin Battersby showing you how to use a lob wedge.