How to Hit a High Ball

By Brian Hill
Getting over trees requires learning how to hit a high ball.
Getting over trees requires learning how to hit a high ball.

Being able to hit a golf shot with a higher than normal trajectory allows you to get over obstacles such as bushes or trees, or hit an approach shot over a bunker to a severely elevated green. The shot is not complicated to execute.

Take your stance with the ball positioned more forward than normal. Two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange says placing the ball about one ball-width farther forward is ideal. This has the effect of adding loft to the club, causing the ball to fly higher.

Take a normal swing, concentrating on staying down and hitting through the shot. Avoid the tendency to make an upward scooping swing to produce more height; it can have the opposite effect and cause less-than-solid contact with the ball.

Make sure you extend your arms through impact with your wrists firm; don't allow your left wrist to break down or cup inward. The instruction book "Master Strokes" says a golfer should have an image of his arms forming a letter "V" after impact, with the shaft of the club pointing right between his arms.

About the Author

Brian Hill is the author of four popular business and finance books: "The Making of a Bestseller," "Inside Secrets to Venture Capital," "Attracting Capital from Angels" and his latest book, published in 2013, "The Pocket Small Business Owner's Guide to Business Plans."

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