How to Hit a High Golf Shot

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Hitting a high golf shot is easier to do with a nine iron or pitching wedge, and the key is to move a ball forward in the golf stance. Create backspin when elevating a golf ball with help from a Class A member of the PGA of America in this free video on high golf shots.

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Hi, this is Kevin Battersby of, in Coconut Creek, Florida. In this clip I'm going to show you how to hit a high golf shot. We'll do it first with an iron, and then we'll do it with a wood. I'll select a pitching wedge, from my bag. And in my ball position to hit the ball higher, I'm going to put the ball either to the center, or just slightly right of center, so that the club imparts more backspin by hitting down on the golf shot. You can actually use your 7 iron, 8 iron, 9 or pitching wedge, to hit the ball higher. If you've got the ball too far forward, your stance such is this, which is a very common error, the ball's in the front, put my left foot, for a right-handed golfer, the golf club's going to come down and actually bottom out before the ball, then I might catch the grass first or top it, making a very shallow ascending blow with the ball. I won't get much height or much spin with that, that's used really more on a driver to hit the all low. So I'll move the ball back in my stance, need it to the center or slightly behind center so that I can make a nice descending blow with the club coming down, trapping the ball, imparting more friction and backspin to the ball, the ball rises up on the face, then hitting the ground, elevating the shot in the air. When hitting, when hitting a wood higher in your golf shots, I think the easiest thing to do is to raise the tee height. You'll notice my diver here is a very deep face driver, the clubs today with titanium are bigger heads, requires a higher tee. And as I do that, as I come into the shot, to get a higher shot, I'm going to try to make slight contact with the tee, and bend the tee slightly. If I come up and don't touch the tee, then the club's coming up too shallow, too high, probably not putting as much spin as I can. If I come down a little deeper and hit the tee and put a little backspin on it. Not quite like an iron shot, but more similar to it, but the ball's more forward in my stance. That's how to hit a wood high with a wood shot. This has been Kevin Battersby , thanks for watching.


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