A beginners guide to controlling your ball flight
Golf is a sport that requires a great deal of precision and skill, and learning how to master one’s golf ball flight is an essential step for any golfer.
The ability to control your shot can mean the difference between making it onto the green or in the bunker.
So, what strategies should beginners use to help them better control their golf ball flight?
Let’s take a look.
Alignment and Posture
Alignment and posture are two key elements for controlling your golf ball flight.
Alignment refers to the direction you point your body with each swing, while posture refers to your stance.
Both should be adjusted depending on the type of shot you are trying to hit, whether it’s a high or low trajectory, or a draw or fade.
Make sure that you are comfortable before swinging; if your posture is off or uncomfortable it will affect your accuracy significantly.
The Grip Affects The Golf Ball Flight
Your grip plays an important role in controlling the golf ball flight as well.
A proper grip will allow you to achieve maximum clubhead speed at impact and maintain control over the clubface throughout the swing.
It also aids in keeping the clubface square through impact so that your shots will be more accurate and consistent.
If possible, have a professional show you, in person, how to properly grip a club for maximum results.
For a more in depth look at the golf grip, read our full guide about How To Grip The Golf Club, which has videos and pictures of all the grip styles you can use.
Swing Speed and Finish Position
The speed at which you swing also has an effect on your golf ball flight; too slow of a swing will result in poor power transfer from body to clubhead, while too fast of a swing can cause problems with accuracy and direction control.
You want to find just the right balance between speed and control—a good way to do this is by focusing on maintaining good form all the way through your finish position (the position where you end up after taking your shot).
Doing so ensures that all of your energy is transferred efficiently from body parts into your clubhead for maximum distance without sacrificing accuracy.
Learning to control your ball flight will help you reduce the wasted shots…and help you become more consistent!