How to Hit a Good Shot from Behind Trees in Golf
The difficulty in hitting your ball over tall trees is not so much a problem of how tall the trees are, but more how close they are to your initial position. This forces you to go over the tree as opposed to going under—going under being a lot easier if you have that option. But if you don’t have that luxury, here is a simple four-step tip on how to get extreme height on your ball.
Use the most lofted chipping wedge you have available
The right tool for this job is a 60-degree lob wedge; but if you didn’t pack it in, just opt for the most lofted wedge you have in your bag. You are going to need as much angle as you can get if you want to achieve a lot of height on your ball. Remember, your club is going to do most of the work, so make sure you choose the best one.
Don’t look up!
There’s absolutely no reason to look at the top of those trees when you’re making your shot. Gauge the height before you setup your shot, but don’t let the destination distract you from your technique. As with any shot, your head must stay down during and directly after your swing. While it’s tempting to take one final peek at those tree tops, you risk throwing away all your concentration in one short moment of error.
Where to connect your clubface
Now for the most important part: The clubface should of course connect underneath your ball in order to give it the height it needs. However, don’t try and scoop the ball. It’s virtually impossible to obtain a decent height with a scoop method. Let your club do what it was designed to do by following through with the swing. Ideally, the clubface will sweep under the ball, and the angle of the clubface will smack it upwards and over your obstacle.
Forget about distance
You won’t impress anyone if you aim for distance instead of height when making this shot. If you hit too hard, you’re bound to compromise on your height. Technique is more important here than power. While you may be tempted to add some distance to your shot to get ahead of your opponent, the best thing to do is to focus on getting past those trees. Leave the power shots for the rest of the game.