Mechanics of Your Swing – How to Add Top Spin to Your Approach Shot in Golf

The closer you get to the target, the most carefully and thoughtfully you need to play. The approach shots require a certain amount of skill and experience to be executed properly. If the long game is the brute force required to conquer the course, the short game is the intelligence and strategy behind the conquest. Without a doubt, improving your short game would get you further and led to a better performance on the whole.

One of the best ways to improve your short game is by improving your approach shots. You need to add a spin to the ball. In long distance shorts, most people avoid too much spin, but in approach shots, it can be a boon. These tips will help you add the spin to your putts.

The Club

The first thing you need to do is to find the right club to execute the spin. A higher loft should do the trick and allow you to get some spin on the ball. According to most professionals, using the most-lofted wedges might help you get the right results. That of course, is subject to your own ability. Sometimes you might get better results with slightly lower lofts. You need to test and alter your game until you find the sweet-spot with the right wedge, and the right technique would get you that spin,

The Address

When you have the right club, you need to get the right technique. You’ll need to watch how you address the ball. Try opening your stance slightly and give yourself the room to swing for the spin. Space your legs about 8 to 9 inches apart and place a slight weight on your forward leg.

This would help ensure that the shaft leans forward a little bit and allows you to apply a descending shot to the ball. The idea is to find the right spot. You need to make sure that you hit the back of the ball cleanly, with maximum surface contact between the wedge and the ball.

The Wrist Action

Most professionals would hinge the wrist slightly to get the maximum momentum for their swing. Bear in mind that we mention hinging and not cocking the wrist right back. The latter would actually limit the amount of flexibility you have for the shot. This will give you the flexibility at the very end of your backspin and allow you to make solid contact with the ball. Maximum surface contact is absolutely vital for the spin.

Hitting the Ball

It’s very important to ensure that the wedge comes in substantial contact with the ball. You also need to make sure that the swing is completely uninterrupted until you reach the ball and hit the shot. This means that you need to trap the ball instead of digging into the earth for the hit. If your club comes in contact with the ground and digs in a little, the momentum will be interrupted and your swing will break or stop for a moment.

This would hamper the spin on the tall. A good way to avoid this is to simply brush the ground with the club. This would ensure that your swing is uninterrupted.

Be sure to keep your wrist steady and firm and the alignment of your body straight. You should also move your shoulders accordingly, to achieve the maximum reach. If you have any questions about golf techniques, golf trips, the various tour packages on offer and our luxurious villa accommodations, you can get in touch with us at Pattaya Golf Trips. Just fill in this contact us form and we’ll get back to you. You can also call us on 0499 013 536, and we’ll be happy to hear from you.

Thanks for reading,
Dave Miniter
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