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Golf Shot Trajectories And Shapes

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Golf Shot Trajectories and Shapes

Let's learn the different shot shapes and trajectories a golfer can hit.

  • Hook
  • Slice
  • Draw
  • Fade
  • Pull
  • Push
  • Straight
  • High
  • Medium
  • Low
  • Knockdown
  • Stinger
  • Balloon
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Hook

A hook is when a golf ball curves sharply in the air from right to left for a right-handed golfer, and left to right for a left-handed golfer.

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Slice

A slice is when a golf ball curves significantly in the air from left to right for a right-handed golfer, and right to left for a left-handed golfer.

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Draw

A draw is when a golf ball spins from right to left, but it does so more subtly than a hook.

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Fade

A fade is when a golf ball spins from left to right, but it does so more subtly than a hook.

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Pull

A pull is when a right-handed golfer hits a golf ball that goes directly left of the target, and directly right of the target for a left-handed player.

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Push

A push is when a right-handed golfer hits a golf ball that goes directly right of the target, and directly left of the target for a left-handed player.

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Straight

A straight shot does not curve right or left and travels on a single line.

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High

A high shot occurs when the golf ball travels up in the air significantly. High shots can help a golfer hit over physical impediments like tall trees.

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Medium

A medium-level shot occurs when the ball travels at an average height, not too high or too low.

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Low

A low shot means the golf ball does not travel up in the air, but instead travels closer to the ground.

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Knockdown

A golfer hits a knockdown shot when trying to fly the golf ball lower and a shorter distance than normal. A knockdown is a good shot to hit when dealing with wind, as the ball's direction and distance won't be impacted the lower it travels in the air.

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Stinger

A stinger is a type of golf shot that a player hits with a fairway wood or long iron, which sends the ball piercing through the air on a low trajectory. A stinger causes the golf ball to roll out upon hitting the ground.

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Balloon

A golf ball balloons when it travels high in the air, seemingly floating, but travels a short distance relative to the ball's height.

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