Change Trajectory on Demand to Suit the Shot Conditions

By Nick Cork Senior PGA Teaching Professional at Abu Dhabi Golf Club

Being able to control your trajectory gives the club golfer the opportunity to improve decision-making/visualisation and hit shots that will lead to better scoring on the golf course. Having low trajectory in windy conditions, a high trajectory to land the ball softly on firm greens and a constant trajectory to maximise launch angles can be achieved by simply changing your ball position/followthrough.

Learning these three finish positions will:

• Achieve consistent trajectory
• Add to your shot-making skills
• Enable you to escape trouble more effectively

CONSTANT TRAJECTORY

To achieve consistent trajectory which has a consistent launch angle and spin rate, your ball position will need to be neutral in your set-up for the club you will be using. You will make a standard golf swing and the angle which is created at impact with your arms and hands (this angle can vary golfer-to-golfer) needs to be maintained into your
followthrough which, in turn, will create the ideal ball flight on a consistent basis.

LOW TRAJECTORY

Your ball position will move back two inches closer to your trail foot in your set-up. You will make a standard golf swing and through impact your arms and hands will keep the clubhead extending low to the ground and into an abbreviated followthrough. A reference in your followthrough would be the trail arm below your leading shoulder.

HIGH TRAJECTORY

Ball position will move forward two inches closer to your lead foot in your set-up. You will make a standard golf swing and through impact your arms and hands will extend and move the clubhead upwards into a high hands followthrough. A reference in your followthrough would be the hands finishing high above the shoulders.

Making a standard golf swing while adjusting your ball position and followthrough to change and control your trajectory will make harder shots easier. Make these three different followthrough positions a habit and you’ll find your scores will lower.