What are the Types of Golf Shots


The most memorable golf shots go ‘straight down the middle’, or arrow-straight at the pin, combined with perfect judgment of the length of shot required. Equally memorable are those occasions when a ‘draw’ or ‘fade’ is employed to take advantage of wind conditions, or to get round an obstruction such as trees.

There are many types of golf shot – unfortunately, not all of them good! The following section shows examples of many of them
The hook shot starts straight or to the right of the target and swings away to the left.

The slice starts straight or to the left of the target and swings away to the right.

The push starts to the right of the target and stays there.

The pull starts to the left of the target and stays there.

The skied shot goes up in the air and little forward distance.

The duff/fat shot is often straight, but with no power.

The thin shot does not climb into the air. The topped shot is an extreme version of this.

The shank is where the ball is struck by the shaft (hosel) of the club and goes off hard right.

A good shot where the spin on the ball is used to bring it back to the target.

A bad shot is when the club fails to make contact with any part of the ball.

Medium length shot into a green where the object is to get the ball high to stop quickly.
Short length shot where the ball will roll once it lands.
Shot from on or around the green where the object is to roll the ball to the hole

The most memorable golf shots go ‘straight down the middle’, or arrow-straight at the pin, combined with perfect judgment of the length of shot required. Equally memorable are those occasions when a ‘draw’ or ‘fade’ is employed to take advantage of wind conditions, or to get round an obstruction such as trees.

There are many types of golf shot – unfortunately, not all of them good! The following section shows examples of many of them
The hook shot starts straight or to the right of the target and swings away to the left.

The slice starts straight or to the left of the target and swings away to the right.

The push starts to the right of the target and stays there.

The pull starts to the left of the target and stays there.

The skied shot goes up in the air and little forward distance.

The duff/fat shot is often straight, but with no power.

The thin shot does not climb into the air. The topped shot is an extreme version of this.

The shank is where the ball is struck by the shaft (hosel) of the club and goes off hard right.

A good shot where the spin on the ball is used to bring it back to the target.

A bad shot is when the club fails to make contact with any part of the ball.

Medium length shot into a green where the object is to get the ball high to stop quickly.
Short length shot where the ball will roll once it lands.
Shot from on or around the green where the object is to roll the ball to the hole