Do you know how did Tiger Woods hit his shots with a 2-iron instead of 5-wood at the British Open? Do you know how to hit a good stinger shot under pressure and in the wind? “Stinger” is a term for a type of golf shot that was popularized by Tiger Woods. Tiger Woods is known to use a stinger a lot over the years. A stinger shot is the shot that flies low to the ground and runs a lot once it hits the ground. A stinger shot is essentially a punch shot. Clearly, a stinger shot is great to hit under pressure and in the wind, also on a cold fairway.
Let’s see how Tiger Woods hits his stinger shots. We have 4 tips to master a good stinger shot in the wind:
Tip 1: Put the golf ball in the middle or a bit right of the stance
Set up in a slightly narrower stance than usual. It is important to set your clubface to the target. In normal cases, Tiger prefers to place his ball inside his left heel for his 3 wood and his driver.
Tip 2: Bend over your knees a bit when leaning over
We mentioned that if you want to hit a more accurate shot, you need to lower your center of gravity and bend more from your hips at address to hit the ball.
Tip 3: The logo of the gloves should be lowered toward the ground at impact
Tip 4: The proper release of the golf club stems from good body rotation with tension free arms.
In general, there are also some secrets to a good stinger shot:
Secret 1: Place the ball in the middle of your stance for steeper angle of attack which will lower the launch angle
Secret 2: Grip the bottom of the club primarily with your middle two fingers and hit the shot that stays very low with little spin and runs after hitting the ground.
Secret 3: When it comes to the backswing, try to slow the rhythm of the swing down to the ball position and focus on a stronger impact. Keep your hands leading the club well past impact.
Secret 4: Open your stance to the left of the target. The golf club release is the most important part of the golf swing. Don’t release the club higher than your shoulders.
It will definitely become your secret weapon to win the game if you mater the technique, in particular when you need to hit a good shot in the wind. The basic key to a good stinger shot is about hitting a shot that flies low to the ground. The ball position is rather essential. Place the ball 3cm to 5cm to the right off the middle because it helps you hit a shot bored into the wind and gives you more control of your swing.