What Are All the Different Types of Golf Shots?

November 1, 20120 Comments
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There are different types of golf shots that can help with your game.

Depending on where the ball is on the golf course, there are different types of golf shots that can be applied to hit the ball to help you get consistent low scores in your game. These golf shots can be categorized as opening shots, the approach shots or feel shots which are played when golfers need to get their ball from the outside of the green into the green and then the putt shots which are golf shots that are played on the green.

The different types of golf shots are played with a specific type of golf club. The right equipment can greatly help you compensate for any shortcomings in your technique so that you can perform each of the golf shot correctly.

How to Do Different Types of Golf  Shots

The most common types of golf shots that any golfer should master are the:

  1. Tee shot – the first shot which is made on the teeing ground of a golf hole
  2. Fairway shots – a drive done with a fairway wood to move the ball the greatest distance possible towards the green
  3. Flop shot – a very high approach shot used when a player needs to get the ball over an obstacle to the green
  4. Bunker shots

Bunker shots Although most golfers are intimidated by sand shots, you can escape from a bunker and even put the ball close to the pin if you use the right technique. Set up with an open stance — with your feet left of the target. Position the ball off the inside of your left heel. Open the face of your sand wedge so it points right of your target. Swing the club downward and strike the sand 1 or 2 inches behind the ball — remembering, above all else, to follow through. If you hit it properly, the ball should pop up in the air and land softly on the green, taking some sand with it. Read the full article Types of Golf Shots Around the Green

  1. Pitch shots

The goal of a pitch shot is to lift the ball into the air to carry a bunker or heavy rough between you and the green. According to 2001 PGA Championship winner David Toms, to hit a proper pitch shot play the ball in the middle of your stance with a little more weight on your front foot. Let your wrists hinge naturally and use the same tempo for the backswing and the downswing. Don’t flip your wrists to help the ball get airborne. Read the full article Types of Golf Shots Around the Green 

  1. Chip shots

When you are just off the putting surface with no obstacles in front of you, hit a chip shot instead of a pitch shot, since there is less risk of error. Treat a chip shot largely as you would a putt. Use a club with enough loft to get the ball over the fringe and onto the green. Then let it run to the cup like a putt. Toms suggests using an open stance — your foot line left of the target — with more weight on the front foot. Take a short backswing and accelerate through the ball; deceleration can cause you to chunk a chip shot. Read the full article Types of Golf Shots Around the Green

There are many other types of golf shots, but these are the fundamentals. The others are variations of these basic shots which you can build with a lot of imagination and practice as you grow in your game.

In the next few days, we will be presenting a series of instructional and video posts to give you an overview on each of these types of golf shots. Please stay tuned for that. If you’d like to follow the series, please subscribe. And also, please recommend to your golf buddies who you think would benefit from these golf lessons. We’ll see you soon.


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