If you watch professional golf on television, you’ve seen this shot at least a thousand times. It’s the high-spinning lob shot and it’s one of the most effective as well as one of the coolest shots in the game. The ball flies through the air, lands on the green, hops a couple times on the green and then stops or crawls back like it was a yo-yo. This stoppage and backward motion come as a result of backspin on the ball and to hit the shot on a Myrtle Beach golf course, it is on the golfer to apply the maximum amount of spin as possible to the ball.
First and foremost, you need to make sure you have the right lie to hit this type of shot. The ball must be lying on a clean surface, with very little or no grass that could come between the ball in the clubface. The shot is practically impossible if the ball is sitting down in the rough or even a particularly long fairway of a Myrtle Beach golf course. Grass will find its way between the clubface and the ball, blocking the grooves from contact with the ball and therefore reducing greatly the amount of spin imparted to the ball.
If you have a good lie and you intend to hit the shot, set up with the majority of your weight on your left leg and lean only slightly toward the target; this ensures that you will hit the ball before the ground, not vice-versa. The ball should rest almost center, favoring the right side (for righties), and your hands should lean the shaft toward your target.
As you start your backswing, keep your weight and body forward and swing your arms on a very upright plane, making sure to always keep your hands in sync with the motion of your chest. Your backswing should be rather short and there shouldn’t be much lower body movement at all. As you begin your downswing, make sure the handle of the club is out in front of the head, ensuring a downward strike on the ball.
As you come to the finish, turn your right side and lower body through the shot to avoid the urge to help or “scoop” the ball into the air (the loft of the wedge does that for you). The clubhead should stay behind the hands through impact, allowing the ball to compress against the clubface, allowing for more spin. For maximum spin, it is a good idea to keep the right forearm under the left through impact.
Practice this shot on Myrtle Beach golf courses and then take it to EN Golf Club for an incredible game!