Managing Shot Trajectories
You all know I’m an old Hogan guy. I grew up with his books, Power Golf and Five Lessons, and still regard Five Lessons as my “owner’s manual” for my own golf swing. When things seem like they’re going south, some time with that book seems to get me back on track.
Of course, then I spent a few years at the Hogan Company, and dove even deeper into Mr. Hogan’s legend and legacy, and his many pearls of wisdom about golf that he left us. And there are many.
One of the most insightful of Mr. Hogan’s perspectives on hitting quality golf shots was his take on trajectory. He contended . . . very forcefully, I might add . . . that if you didn’t control the trajectory of your shots, you were a long way from being a “real golfer”. His rationale was that if you don’t know how high or low the ball is going to go, you really don’t have any idea of how far it’s going to go either.
And he was dead-on right about that.
So, how do you control the trajectory of your golf shots? It’s really not that difficult, if you will follow a few basic things:
To affect lower ball flights with your short clubs in particular, there are three fundamentals that you need to follow:
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