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Featured ball forward or back in stance?

Discussion in 'General Golf Talk' started by Par7, Aug 8, 2008.

  1. Par7

    Par7 Elite Hack

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    I was always under the impression that a wedge shot, when played a few inches off the back foot, would result in a higher trajectory.

    But the other day, I was reading about a 72* wedge and they said that to get the best flop shot, you should have the ball off the front foot, and that will get the ball the highest

    My question to you:

    For the highest trajectory, Ball near the back or front foot? Or smack dab in the middle?
     
  2. King Par

    King Par Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Highest trajectory would definitely be towards the front of the foot, for most people. I was always under the impression that the further ahead the ball was, the more effective loft there would be. (Not sure that is the correct wording)

    Usually you play it back in your stance if you want a lower ball trajectory.

    You honestly really have to figure it out on your own though. Everyones game is different and preferences always vary. I used to spend hours chipping in the field at my school. Playing with different ball flights and what not.
     
  3. Eracer

    Eracer No more triple bogies!!

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    When I want to hit a high wedge shot, I move the ball a couple of inches forward in my stance, then hit down hard on the ball of the ball with a full follow-through. It's one of the few shots I'm consistently really good at.
     
  4. ezra76

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    A high shot, I just play it out of the middle of stance, which for a wedge, is forward.

    A flop shot is a different shot entirely. For that I open up about 45* to target, weaken my grip way, way up, adress it like I'm going to hit it with the hosel of the club and make a smooth accelerating swing. It's a shot that's actually useful about every 10-12 rounds, if that.

    One thing that's always been odd to me. I cannot hit a low shot off a range mat. Only very high wedges. On the course I hit mostly low trajectory shots. I only hoist one up if I'm in the rough and need the height to stop it.
     
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    Lower with more spin back about 1 ball width. Forward more height less spin. In either case get weight to front side. Less spin deaden arms. More spin activate wrist. And that's all I know about that!!!!!!
     
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    JEFF4i She lives! Supporting Member

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    Depends on what shot I'm doing. But general rule of thumb, further left(for a righty)=higher.
     
  7. APowell1990

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    believe it or not I play the ball so far up in my stance that it's past my front foot (with the driver) and pretty far up with my irons too. I hate the ball VERY high and I dont really want to change. When I hit high trouble shots, I play the ball way forward and keep the hands back
     
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    If you hate it so much, why don't you want to change it?
     
  9. Wi-Golfer

    Wi-Golfer Golfer on hiatus. Supporting Member

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    For some reason it's the opposite with me, if I play the ball off my my back/right foot then I can get some real good air & have no issues with putting it over trees.....yes I actually have to do this a number of times on certain courses. It's a goofy assed shot but for some reason I can pull it off the majority of the time.
     
  10. BHS Golf Kid

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    I play it in the front of my stance
     
  11. rubber314chicken

    rubber314chicken Thats what she said

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    I play the ball in the back only because I have a lesser chance of chunking it and not getting the ball in the air. I find it a lot easier to hit down on the ball when it is further back.

    Now for the more consistant guys flaying forward will increase distance a bit and trajectory.
     
  12. APowell1990

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    my bad its supposed to read, "hit" instead of hate.
     

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