Friday, February 10, 2012

Why A Low Ball Beats A High Shot

"Why A Low Ball Beats A High Shot"
By Sean Mysel -  MODERN GOLF

Growing up in the hard plains of Texas, a place with winds that could slap the most well struck golf shot to the ground, players like Ben Hogan and Sam Snead had to learn to play different shots.  At some point in our lifetimes, we've played in difficult weather conditions, especially in the wind.  There are different ways to play in high winds, in fact I have to play in them quite often here in the Bay Area, but the one consistent method that helps me is to learn how to play a low shot.  In the wind, high shots will "balloon" or climb in elevation, drift off line and fall well short or wide of your intended target.

Now one of the biggest misconceptions about playing the low shot is that it's absolutely necessary to put the ball back in your stance.  Actually, this isn't necessary, even players like Phil Mickelson would argue against this.  The key is the angle of the shaft when the club head is in the hitting zone.  Watch these videos with Sam Snead and Ben Hogan:

At about the 10 second mark you see Snead's weight is transferred over, rotation is thorough, balance is tremendous but the shaft angle is leaning well forward even with the ball teed up.  In order to get the forward leaning shaft, it's imperative to get most if not all your weight off your back side and onto the front side.  Hitting from your right side if you're right handed leads to scooping the ball which at best will produce a much higher trajectory.  Here's Hogan:

Same principles apply with both swings.  While both men played in the 40's and 50's and we at CrossGolfPros are Modern Golf, there's always timeless pieces of advice you can draw from these players. Now imagine if they had the same fitness routines you can take advantage of now?

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