Last week Marcos Juan, Sports Director of Golf Ibiza, advised us about the low ball in golf. This week Diego Dupin, professor of Golf Ibiza, advises us about the high ball, a master stroke in golf that he dominates very well.
What is the high ball?
Como su propio nombre indica, la bola alta es un golpe que permite elevar la bola más de la cuenta en el juego largo de golf.
As its name suggests, the high ball is a shot that allows you to hit the ball higher than usual in the long game.
When is the high ball used?
This type of stroke is used in different situations:
-Having a tree or any obstacle in front of you that forces you to hit the ball high.
-Attacking a green that is firm and hard and being unable to play a forward stroke letting the ball roll (e.g. lake or rough in front of you).
-To make the ball cover more distance with the Drive.
How is this done?
First you have to understand that a high and powerful ball requires much more technique and power than a low ball. In general amateur players lack speed with the club and practicing the high ball forces you to learn very quickly the static bases of the game (grip, posture) and movement. Presuming your base and movement are good, the points that we have to respect are:
1.Ball slightly forward in the stance.
2.Use more than usual the twist of the wrists to achieve a more vertical angle of attack.
3.Increase swing speed of the club.
The result of this will be that the face of the club will have a few more degrees on impact giving the ball more spin, meaning, faster rotation of the ball, and consequently, more height.
The best players in the world that you see on television, have so much speed on the swing of the club, that they automatically hit high balls, which are their normal strokes. That is why I recommend the practice of this stroke, as it will force you to greatly improve your technique and gain power.
Good golf and see you soon at Golf Ibiza!