In this short video, I’ll take you through how to hit both a lower trajectory shot and a higher trajectory shot with your sand wedge. There are also some instructions below in case you can’t have the volume up.

How to Hit a Lower Shot

Start with your normal set up using your sand wedge.
Move the ball back in your stance so that its lined up with your back foot.
Shift your weight so you feel it over your front foot.
Press your hands forward ahead of the ball. This will promote a lower ball flight and more roll.
Finish with your chest facing the target – this helps keep your hands ahead of the clubhead.
This set up produces lower ball flight and more roll on the green.

How to Hit a Higher Shot

Start with your normal set up using your sand wedge.
Move the ball forward in your stance so that its lined up with the side of your front foot.
Open up the clubface so that you the club works a little more down into the ground to help pop the ball up in the air.
Finish facing target and weight on your front side.
This set up produces a higher ball flight with less roll on the green.


Experiment with these setup adjustments to control the trajectory of your shots around the green!


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Elena King

Elena King is an LPGA Class A Teaching Professional. Since founding ExperienceGolf in 2008, Elena has been recognized as one of Colorado’s elite golf professionals. Her dedication and success empowering her students to perform at their personal best have earned her some of the sports’ most prestigious awards.

  • Top 50 LPGA Teachers presented by Women’s Golf Journal
  • FCG Top 25 Elite Junior Coaches in the USA
  • Golf Digest Best in State CAGGY Award – Best Instructor for Women
  • LPGA T&CP Central Section Senior Division Champion
  • LPGA Teacher of the Year – Central Section
  • Golf Digest Junior Development Award

Elena King teaches in Aurora, Colorado at CommonGround Golf Course. Contact Elena at

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