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Hello, my name is Conan Elliott and I'm Director of Instruction here at Camas Meadows Golf Club in Camas, Washington. Today we're going to talk about how to hit a golf ball lower. Well, there's two ways to do that. One's with an iron, one's with a wood. The materials we need for that is a golf ball, and a golf club. That's all we need. So we're going to talk about both just a little bit. With an iron then what we've got to do is with whatever loft is on the club, if we're trying to hit that club lower, which often we do. Let's say we need a seven-iron distance but we don't want it to go as high. So what we usually do is try to de-loft the club a little bit. We do that by, if we took a normal stance, we would play the ball just about in the middle of our golf swing. We go to hit it lower, we'll move it back toward the back foot just a little bit so that the ball's more back in the stance. We still take our same posture. We don't want to get that leaning forward. Just keep the same posture. Keep our hands forward. Now there's two things to hitting it lower. One, we abbreviate the backswing. It means we don't take it all the way to the top, we take it partial and we abbreviate the follow through where kind of hit and hold. You still hit it, but we hold right here rather than go up to the finished position. Remember when we hit a golf ball it has backspin and it makes it climb. So the harder you swing to hit it high, to hit it low I mean, the harder you swing to hit it low the more it climbs. So we don't want to swing hard to hit it low, we want to swing easy. It's the same as into the wind. We want to hit it low so we got to swing easy. If we swing hard, it climbs up into the wind because we put too many revolutions of backspin on the ball. So, ball back in your stance, hands a little forward, abbreviate back and through. So it will be ball back in my stance, hands a little forward, halfway back, halfway through and hit a nice low shot. So we're going to move the ball back at our stance, get our hands a little forward, abbreviate the length of the backswing, then the length of the follow through. You can see that ball come out much, much much lower right there than it would on a normal swing. Now if we're going to hit lower with a driver it's a whole different story. I can't move my ball way back to my right foot of my driver. I'm going to, I'll hit it low, I'll top it. So what I want to do here is to lower the height, tee height first of all. So I'm going to lower it a little lower. I'm still going to swing slow but I gotta make sure that I keep my hands quiet through here. If I have any kind of a flip, I'm going to add loft to my golf club, make it go higher. So I'm hold it against it and try to hit right against that left hand with the ball tee a little bit lower, swinging not harder, easier. So my hands, ball's still going up in my stance, hands a little forward swinging slower. That ball come out nice and low right there. This is Conan Elliott, and that's how to hit a golf ball lower.