Easy tips for playing golf’s coolest shot
When it comes to lob it’s important to make a distinction between two types of lobs: the lob (lob wedge) and the “lobbed shot”. It’s likewise important to specify that this kinf od club is not a difficult one, as it’s commonly said to be. To tell the truth, it’s a normal sand-iron club, with an higher loft.

Instead of the traditional open angle of 56°, the clubface can be at 58° – 60°. It is a good advice to have a 4 degrees gap between your sand iron and your lob wedge to notice the difference between the two.

This club enables golfers to hit different kind of shots with the ball smoothly landing on the green and rolling less after the impact, so that it’s more likely to get near to the hole and when the flag is closer to the edge. It goes without saying that in this way the number of putts and the total number of shots will be lower and as you all know, a couple of shots can be enough to make the difference between a winning and a mediocre performance.

Lob is the perfect club to hit a shot with a small space between the green and the hole (Picture 1). To this regard, it’s also worth reminding that a good shot around the green should always bounce on the green and not on the fringe (neither on the fairway or on the rough).
This is because the ball trajectory will be more predictable with the ball bouncing on a regular surface rather than on a dishomogenous surface, which risks altering its trajectory.

Lob is very useful for short approaches around the green, but it’s also useful in a variety of situations: in a bunker, in case you have a downhill shot (Picture 2) or a very high edge (Picture 3 or 4), or if you have an hobstacle (such as a small tree or a bush) and you want to get the ball up in the air as soon as possible.

Lob is very useful for short approaches around the green, but it’s also useful in a variety of situations: in a bunker, in case you have a downhill shot (Picture 2) or a very high edge (Picture 3 or 4),

or if you have an hobstacle (such as a small tree or a bush) and you want to get the ball up in the air as soon as possible.  (picture 5).

As far the lobbed shot, you can face a certain difficulty. Hitting this shot will enable you to lift the ball candle-like and to make it fall from such a height that it won’t almost roll on the green. The big confusion on this club is probably caused by the fact that golfers of any level try to hit this shot, which is not recommended for most players. You need a great manual skill to perform it, indeed, and it’s a „plus“ you will achieve only after several years of experience and practice.

Hit the lob with the ball slightly left off the center, low hands and the club face open. At the impact, secure an higher and smoother ball flight using your hands to get the blade slip under the ball and leave the clubface open after the impact.

A timely motion of the hands is crucial. That’s why also the most experienced golfers hit the lob only when strictly necessary. Ideally, the lob should be hit with a complete, slow swing, which requires a very difficult motion indeed.

Well experienced golfers hit the lob only in extreme situations, when they are determined to play a short putt, but in the same breath, they are aware that they have taken the risks of a very complicated shot.

A couple of suggestions in the end: the lobbed shot is feasable only with a good lie; if the lie is not good, you’d better give up and hit a normal shot, always using lob wedge, but with no „lobbed“ shot; for the ones who still do not have a lob wedge in their golf bag, I suggest to look for a model with „bounce“, which is easier to use succesfully also when the ball is not in a perfect position on the ground.