A Few Fundamentals of Golf Ball Flight

Controlling ball flights is what makes a bad golfer into a better one, and a good golfer into a great one. Being able to control what ball flight you use at what time – and having more than one at your disposal – is crucial to lowering your scores over time. If you are serious about getting better at the game of golf, adding reliable ball flights to your arsenal is a good place to start.

In order to hit a variety of ball flights for different shots on the course, you need to understand how they are created. Once you have a clear picture in your mind of what action by the club causes what kind of flight from the ball, you are more likely to be successful in your own efforts to hit a variety of shots.

Note – The explanations below are in reference to a right-handed golfer.

  • Draw. To hit a draw, the ball must be spinning from right to left as it flies through the air. In order to impart that kind of spin, the club head must be moving from ‘in-to-out’ as it moves through the hitting area. That means that the club head should be getting gradually farther away from your body as you swing through to the finish.
  • Fade. Just the opposite is true when you are trying to hit a fade. The ball needs left to right spin, so the club should be getting closer to you as it comes through the hitting area. There is nothing wrong with hitting a fade, but many golfers shy away from it because it can turn into a slice when done incorrectly. It is a valuable tool to be able to fade the ball on command, as long as you take the time to master it so you make sure the fade doesn’t get out of control and head too far off to the right.
  • High and Low. Not only should you be able to curve the ball both directions, but it is useful to be able to hit it high and low as well. Mostly, the height of your shot is correlated to how much backspin you put on the ball. To hit it high, an aggressively downward swing should be used to impart maximum backspin. Just the opposite, hitting iron shots with a sweeping motion that comes through the hitting area flatter will help to take spin off the ball and keep the flight down lower.