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Hello all:

 

I have a very high ball flight with my irons, and I'm trying to figure out if that is something that needs to be fixed or adjusted. For context, I'm about 5'10 175 and I hit my 7 iron about 150-155 and the other irons + or - 10 yards from there. That yardage is all in the air, and where ever it comes down, it sticks. I leave pretty large ball divots on the green and soft fairways. Obviously I'm losing some distance, and I do leave it short occasionally, but I make pretty good contact and the flight is consistent. What are the positives and negatives to a high ball flight, and what can I work on to bring them down some? I've worked on putting the ball further back in my stance, but that seems to do very little to lower the trajectory.  

 

Thanks in advance.

post #2 of 13
Your Hitting a 7i 155yrds, nice and high, and landing softly?? I can't see the problem with this! If you need more distance, use a stronger club!
post #3 of 13
When the wind picks up to about 20-30mph, give me a call... I could use the money.

Seriously- there's nothing wrong with that ball flight- in most conditions. Do you play at all when the wind is up? There is where you would see the most effect against your ball. I would start practicing half shots with 3 or 4 irons, punch shots and runners to increase your repertoire on the course. Stick with your normal shot- then pull out the wind cheaters when needed.

Conveniently, The Open Championship will highlight these shots all weekend when the wind gets up. Watch how they attack the holes in the wind and you'll see what I mean.
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Hello all:

 

I have a very high ball flight with my irons, and I'm trying to figure out if that is something that needs to be fixed or adjusted. For context, I'm about 5'10 175 and I hit my 7 iron about 150-155 and the other irons + or - 10 yards from there. That yardage is all in the air, and where ever it comes down, it sticks. I leave pretty large ball divots on the green and soft fairways. Obviously I'm losing some distance, and I do leave it short occasionally, but I make pretty good contact and the flight is consistent. What are the positives and negatives to a high ball flight, and what can I work on to bring them down some? I've worked on putting the ball further back in my stance, but that seems to do very little to lower the trajectory.  

 

Do you want your ball to roll once it hits the green? Typically a ball landing soft on the greens is a good thing. If you feel like you are losing distance due to hitting it too high, you made be adding loft dynamically on the downswing, "flipping". I would recommend checking out Keys 2 and 3 . Introduction to the PureStrike/5 Simple Keys® (5SK) Learning System 

post #5 of 13
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This is why I am asking. I have no adjustment for windy conditions. It's not a high penetrating flight either, it's more like someone is dropping the ball out of the sky. Sometimes I am surprised it gets to the green, it keeps falling and falling and somehow makes it. Other times, as I said, it comes up short even though I feel I've hit it well. 

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Do you want your ball to roll once it hits the green? Typically a ball landing soft on the greens is a good thing. If you feel like you are losing distance due to hitting it too high, you made be adding loft dynamically on the downswing, "flipping". I would recommend checking out Keys 2 and 3 . Introduction to the PureStrike/5 Simple Keys® (5SK) Learning System 

 

Thanks, I'll check that out.

post #7 of 13

I'm currently having the same problem and really the only time I need a lower ball flight is narrow fairways and against the the wind.

I keep my ball position the same , inside my left heel, but I close my stance slightly fractionally with my hips, I tend to swing more 3/4 up and notice I grip a bit more firm pressure with the last three fingers of my left hand. My ball flight is low draw , whereas the normally its a high with slight fade bias.

post #8 of 13
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This is why I am asking. I have no adjustment for windy conditions. It's not a high penetrating flight either, it's more like someone is dropping the ball out of the sky. Sometimes I am surprised it gets to the green, it keeps falling and falling and somehow makes it. Other times, as I said, it comes up short even though I feel I've hit it well. 

 

Yes then judging by what you're describing and your handicap, very good chance it's a Key 2 or 3 issue. Don't try to fix it by playing the ball further back. For specialty shots it's fine, but not for stock shots.

post #9 of 13

Hi I hit perfect shots, is something wrong?

post #10 of 13
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Hi I hit perfect shots, is something wrong?

 

Were you responding to someone? 

post #11 of 13
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Were you responding to someone? 
I think he's mocking the OP.
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by pchase3 View Post
 

This is why I am asking. I have no adjustment for windy conditions. It's not a high penetrating flight either, it's more like someone is dropping the ball out of the sky. Sometimes I am surprised it gets to the green, it keeps falling and falling and somehow makes it. Other times, as I said, it comes up short even though I feel I've hit it well. 

 

Seriously, when I read your original post, it sounds like you are making really nice shots. Goes up and drops out of the sky.

 

@Hardballs sounds like he's being sarcastic, but he's not. Just use a longer club to hit further. If you said that you swing the 7i 90mph and carry only 155, that's a different story.

 

 

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I think he's mocking the OP.

 

It does sound a little like that.

post #13 of 13
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I think he's mocking the OP.

 

Yeah, although it's no certainty that the OP deserves it.  Sure, 155 is a solid 7i yardage for a lot of players, but if you're flipping and hitting super sky balls, I'd say that's not a perfect shot, or even a super desirable one, regardless of the distance.  I mean, there are worse misses to have (push fade two fairways over? Or is that just me...), but the flipped sky ball is definitely worth fixing.

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