Janina Casey is a New York professional who guides BTIG as managing director and has an extensive background in researching equity sales. An avid traveler, Janina Casey enjoys activities such as golfing when she has the opportunity.
One of the key elements of a successful day on the greens is attaining proper loft on the shot. Characterized by a ball launched high in the air, a loft is created by the clubface relative to the angle of the ground. Clubs have assigned lofts, with drivers relatively loft-free at 9 degrees and wedges offering as much as 60 degrees of loft.
This means the golfer does not need to add more loft to a shot by leaning back with the club during the swing. Instead, there should be a slight forward lean to the shaft and the lead foot when striking the ball off the ground. When the ball is hit off a tee, avoid the tendency to scoop and keep the selected clubhead in line with the ball. It is this combination of speed, plus a solid hit, that creates loft on the drive.
Being able to generate loft consistently not only adds air time and distance but, with proper height, minimizes the distance the ball rolls when it hits the fairway or green. This makes loft an essential part of the short and the long game.