Tiger Woods made golfing headlines in 2000 when his consecutive tournament winning streak reached six. But that remarkable feat put him just beyond halfway toward golf’s all-time record for consecutive tournament victories, a mark set by a legendary golfer in a completely different era.
Many beginning golfers mistakenly try to lift the ball up in the air during their swing. More often than not this is simply because they don't understand that you actually need to hit down on the ball to get it in the air. Every golf club has a certain amount of loft, which helps get the ball in the air. Loft is the angle from the leading edge of the club to the top edge. The loft on each club will get the ball in the air when you strike down on the ball. To properly hit down on the ball a golfer needs a good setup, wrist hinge and weight shift. Learn these fundamentals and you will have no trouble launching the ball into the air.
Being able to hit a golf shot with a higher than normal trajectory allows you to get over obstacles such as bushes or trees, or hit an approach shot over a bunker to a severely elevated green. The shot is not complicated to execute.
There are two general approaches for trying to make long putts. One is to try to roll the ball into a three-foot diameter circle around the cup. This is the lag theory of long putts in which the primary goal is to prevent three-putts. The more aggressive approach is to focus on making the putt, regardless of length. Putting instructor Geoff Mangum argues that the two theories are like comparing apples and oranges. He says golfers should "learn fine distance control" to avoid three-putts, while trying to die the ball at the cup, since a slower moving putt has a better chance of catching enough of the cup to drop. This should be done "without altering your targeting focus on sinking the monster." As the late, great teacher Harvey Penick would put it: "Take dead aim."
The chip shot – a shot from just off the green – is one of golf’s most common strokes. The object is to get the ball as close to the pin as possible, ideally close enough to hole the ball with one putt. But there’s no single club that’s designated as a “chipper.” If you’re chipping from deep rough or you must clear a large obstacle in front of the green, you’ll likely use a lofted wedge. If you have a good lie and plenty of green between your ball and the hole, a long iron can be a good choice. In many cases, however, a hybrid club can turn a chip into, essentially, a long putt.