Controlling The Flight Of The Ball

A Necessary Skill To Mastering The Course

Any decent golf course is built with one thing in mind: To challenge you as a golfer.

This means that the greens will have areas that are not as accessible as other areas - such areas that will literally force you to dance with risk around a hazard, as you attempt to carry the ball over the hazard to get closer to the hole.

In other situations, a specific hole may require tSb10066796j-001_8hat the tee shot start from a particular side of the fairway so that you are challenged to get the best angle of approach to hit the green.

And so it goes without saying that if you do not have the skills and ability to curve the ball when in flight, then the architect of the course will beat you - every time.

Even if you can make the ball curve in flight, but in one direction only, then you will not be able to exploit the best avenues of approach on specific holes. Flag positions will be out of your swing path on certain shots. Tee shots will have to suffer because of this limited ability to curve the ball into left or right directions.

The quality of being able to maneuver the ball in flight is known as "working the ball," and is an element of playing that you should strive to include in your game.

The quest to lower your score, whether it is to break 100, 90, or into the 80s, and do it consecutively, means that a single shot here and there can make the difference. For example, why settle for a 90 when an 85 or 86 could be made by attacking a few more pin positions?

Why Learn To Work The Ball?

Golf is not the type of game that rewards you from taking unnecessary risks and playing with silly thoughts. There is no point in hitting high or low, curving back and forth, unless there is some sort of tangible bonus for doing so.

The first obvious reward is self-mastery on a given golf course. They do not cut each hole on the right side of the green, nor on the left, and various tee shots are set up differently for unique approaches to the fairway.

Why Not Just Hit The Ball Straight Every Time?

Good question - or not. Look at it this way: Yes, you certainly can take this approach and keep the ball out of trouble, but if your goal is to break new scores and become a better player, then this tactic will only keep you from learning how to effectively get the ball where you want it to go.

If you set up to curve the ball a certain way and pull the shot off, your in great shape. But if you do not pull it off, more than likely it will be from a straight shot, so that is not half as bad. Now keep in mind that this doesn't work out like that each time, but the odds are stacked in your favor.