Make 'light' work of your lob shots
by Carly Cummins
March 13, 2013
Instruction tips provided by Dan Frost. For a FREE golf assessment visit www.frostgolf.com
The reason many lady golfers struggle to play lob shots successfully is because they tend to use their normal full length golf swing. This shot requires a more controlled swing as the distance the ball has to travel is not far. By swinging too long you will be forced to slow your swing down and decelerate coming into the golf ball. The other mistake ladies often make is to think they have to 'help' the ball up into the air and in doing so lean back and look up. These danger moves are extremely destructive and lead to mishits fat or thin.
To start with you have to trust the wedge you have in your hands to do the work for you. Modern wedges have plenty of loft so you do not have to worry about getting the height required for this shot. When you start to learn this move, find an area on the practice ground where the grass is nice and fluffy to give you plenty of confidence and as you become more developed in this new skill and adjust to the new technique you can become braver and play the shot off simply shorter grass.
The key to playing this shot successfully is acceleration. Never decelerate to hit the ball, you must swing positively through. So follow these simple steps and get practicing your new lob shot technique.
Step 1: I am holding the club up against the sternum of my chest to show you the nice low body angles that I want you to generate at address. Grip down the handle of the club and flex your knees. This will give you a low centre of gravity. Now lower your sternum and widen your stance. From this set-up you'll be in the best possible position to deliver the club shallow. It's a simpler sort of feel to skimming a stone across the water. If you can feel shallow in your angle of attack you should be able to slide the wedge under the ball easily. This will allow the full loft of the club to pop the ball up into the air at impact.
Step 2: When it comes to the swing required for a lob shot it is best described as something between a chip shot and a full shot - as you would play a pitch. You must still make a full shoulder turn and hinge your hands so that the club points up to the sky on both sides of the swing as you would for a full shot. This creates a nice circular swing motion and will generate the speed needed to create spin and elevation through the base of the swing.
Step 3: As you can see here I am not driving to drive the ball forward to trap it with forward shaft lean as you would expect to see for a full iron shot. Instead I am allowing the bounce of the club to come into play. Through impact I have the sensation of the bounce activating so that the back of the club hits the ground. This will produce a sliding not a digging motion. Although my technique is not perfect here, through years of practice I have understood that I would never like the leading edge of the club to be digging when I play this high floating shot.
Step 4: The key to the throughswing is to stay down until the club has followed through as far as you have swung back and then look up. You can see here that this keeps my centre constant and allows me to be consistent with my deliverance of the club.