How to Control The Trajectory To Score Better?
The Low Runner
On a target-style course, an approach from 100 yards or closer basically requires a lob-wedge, spinning sand, or high shot. As for a windswept links course, nevertheless, this kind of shot could be extremely challenging to make, if not impossible. The wind does not only interfere with either accuracy or trajectory, but the dormant fairways or tightly mown (depending on the season of the year) also makes a nipping clean wedge shot as a challenging task.
Instead, you should go for a low-running shot which might stay close to the ground and release up to the green. In general, target golf players possibly do not try this shot a lot due to the soft greens and fairways, which are usually protected by sand bunkers. Clearly, this form of shot is not suitable in a situation where the hazard fronts the green, but when the coast is clear, it is often a shot with one of the highest percentage in golf.
To make this shot, choose a golf club that is made with less loft, such as a 7-iron, 8-iron or 9-iron. Put back the golf ball in your stance with most of the weight on the front foot. It is not important to hit the golf ball down with a lot of force, which would just add spin to a shot and make it more likely to be impacted by the grass and the wind than any lower-spinning shots. Slightly choke down on the grip and take a shortened backswing. After that, simply focus on producing a solid contact with the golf ball, gripping the clubface low at impact. This might help impart over-spin on a golf ball and keep it close to the ground as well as rolling hard to the green.
Just like any other shots in golf, the key to make this shot perfect is practice. If you are not used to hitting a low runner, it might be challenging at first to choose a target and measure how hard to strike the golf ball. You need to learn how to let go of distance-oriented and mechanical thinking as well as allow yourself to imagine a shot when it is rolling up to the green and along the ground. Feel the shots and allow your body to perform the rest. With experience, of course, you will learn to determine wind conditions and the turf better, which would make bringing the golf ball close to the hole much easier.
The High Shot
Even though a high-approach shot is not often related to links golf, there will be some situations when this becomes important in lofting the golf ball over a hazard. In these cases, there are a couple of modifications that you would perform to make it different from a standard high-spinning hit often used on a target-style course.
First, you should account for the wind. It could be coming in the face, left to right, right to left, or from behind. Every situation requires a different kind of alteration in the aim, which might be important to produce a good result.
For a shot that need to be started right or left of the flag, make sure to take the whole length of the golf green as the target. By doing this, when you misjudge the shot slightly or the wind, the golf ball would still come to the green. For a downwind shot, keep in mind that the wind has a tendency to knock down the golf ball and bring it in harder and lower than you would expect. Be ready to miss those shots long, and choose a target that would leave the simplest up-and-down possible.
Finally, if the wind is into a shot directly, do not be tempted to strike the golf ball harder. You should be always aware that a simpler touch might generate less spin and make the golf ball fly through the wind. Even though it is a high shot, it is still possible to strike the golf ball with a quite low amount of spin.
To make this shot, put the golf ball at the center of the stance to improve a quite lower trajectory, and hold the golf club in the usual way. Always take the club enough to make sure that you will clear the hazard, particularly if the wind is into you directly. Again, it is necessary not to hit down to aggressively on a golf ball, but to ease into the golf ball instead, which helps keep an excessive amount of spin off a shot. And do not be excessively afraid of dropping in the hazard. Although it is not the expected result, you should always hit with confidence instead of trepidation.
The Chop Shot
To make this type of shot, you need to set up as though you are going make a bunker blast shot. The weight must favor the front foot, and you need to choke down on your grip slightly. It is necessary to open the club’s blade a bit, as you would when making a bunker shot. In general, thick grass often closes the clubface at impact, which takes out the loft of that shot. Also, make sure that you swing down on a quite steep angle to prevent the club from getting caught in the grass and losing the necessary power to freeing the golf ball.
At impact, make sure to aggressively accelerate through the ball and the grass. Any form of the tentative pass would lead to a poor result. Also, do not release your golf club through the golf ball because you might be on a full hit. Let the left arm slightly chicken-wing, which would keep a square clubface and move it to the target.