Short Game And Golf Swing Path (Video)
Short Game And Golf Swing Path (Video)

When you get to the short games, swing path is still very, very important. But you also have one key weapon at your disposal, and that is loft. Loft is the great forgiver of golf shots. And if you're using a wedge like I am here, then you can start to do slightly different things with your path to produce very, very different types of shot.

For example, if I have a large amount of loft on my sand wedge and I'm getting setup to my ball here, normally with a wedge shot, I'm just going to be trying to take that club very straight back and then very straight through the point of impact. However, what I can do is I can now manipulate my path to start producing different types of shot. Generally speaking, if your path is travelling from out-to-in, coming through the point of impact, the angle of attack is going to be steeper. Now if an angle of attack is steeper, you're going to be hitting the ball first and then the turf. You're going to be imparting more spin. And if you can then add loft, you're going to be imparting lots of spin because the angle of attack is traveling down, there's still lots of loft on that club, the ball is going to be spinning up into the air and landing very, very soft. You could also get a very high floating shot if you're traveling a little bit more from the inside because the path will almost neutralize the angle of attack, so it's not quite so steep. If you have that club face stand up to the sky as well, you can hit a very high floating shot without taking much of a divot. Manipulating path and understanding where club face sits in relation to that path can really give you lots of different shots when you're around the green. And please, please, experiment with this. Change your path, change your club face angle at the points of impact, and I think you'll be quite surprised at the types of shots that you'll be able to play with your short game clubs around the green.
2016-10-05

When you get to the short games, swing path is still very, very important. But you also have one key weapon at your disposal, and that is loft. Loft is the great forgiver of golf shots. And if you're using a wedge like I am here, then you can start to do slightly different things with your path to produce very, very different types of shot.

For example, if I have a large amount of loft on my sand wedge and I'm getting setup to my ball here, normally with a wedge shot, I'm just going to be trying to take that club very straight back and then very straight through the point of impact. However, what I can do is I can now manipulate my path to start producing different types of shot. Generally speaking, if your path is travelling from out-to-in, coming through the point of impact, the angle of attack is going to be steeper. Now if an angle of attack is steeper, you're going to be hitting the ball first and then the turf. You're going to be imparting more spin. And if you can then add loft, you're going to be imparting lots of spin because the angle of attack is traveling down, there's still lots of loft on that club, the ball is going to be spinning up into the air and landing very, very soft. You could also get a very high floating shot if you're traveling a little bit more from the inside because the path will almost neutralize the angle of attack, so it's not quite so steep. If you have that club face stand up to the sky as well, you can hit a very high floating shot without taking much of a divot. Manipulating path and understanding where club face sits in relation to that path can really give you lots of different shots when you're around the green. And please, please, experiment with this. Change your path, change your club face angle at the points of impact, and I think you'll be quite surprised at the types of shots that you'll be able to play with your short game clubs around the green.