I'm really excited to share today's question with the Surge Nation because it's one that I don't think I've ever had in the thousands of daily videos I've recorded over the last few years. It has to do with the relationship between the Peak Performance Golf Swing and ball flight.
Ron Kriete has noticed that ever since he switched to the PPGS, he hits his wedges, 9, 8, and 7 irons all a lot higher than before. He says that he's hitting them straight, just very high and was wondering what causes this and if it's something to be worried about.
Surge, why do I often hit towering shots with the lower irons, 7-gap wedge? Very straight, but VERY high?
Well Ron, there's absolutely nothing wrong with hitting the ball high. This is actually one thing a lot of players mention to me when they see me hitting balls on the range.
Just go look at golfers like Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Tom Kite and Ben Crenshaw. In their primes and into their days on the Champions Tour, they all played behind the golf ball. They were playing golf with their arms straight at impact and they swung up to a very level finish. Even while they were swinging to a reverse "C", it caused the ball to go even higher.
There's no problem hitting the ball high as long as it's penetrating and holding it's line. That means you're hitting it solid and relatively straight. There's nothing wrong with height on a golf shot, but you've got to be able to hit the ball low as well.
The key is to learn how to hit the ball lower when you have to. The way to do that is to cut off your follow through. You could also put the ball a little farther back in your stance. Either way, your ball flight will be lower if that's what the shot calls for.
Having a high ball flight can be an advantage because it allows the ball to land softly on the greens. This can be especially helpful if you're playing a course with really fast greens that are dry and baked out. So, use this aspect of the PPGS to your advantage!
Keep it vertical!
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