Control The Trajectory of Shots Around the Green Using the Radius of the Swing Technique with Brandon Stooksbury

The Importance of Shaft Angle At Impact

Tired of those unpredictable shots around the green? It’s time you took control of the trajectory of your wedge shots, and we’re here to help.

In this video guide, GolfTips Magazine Top 25 Instructor Brandon Stooksbury unravels the mystery of managing the radius of your swing in order to manage ball trajectory using the 'Radius Swing’ technique.

By the end of this guide, you’ll know how to direct the trajectory of your wedge shots, give yourself more options around the green, and have a better understanding of swing mechanics.

Video: How to Manage the Radius of the Swing to Control Your Wedge Shots

Video Summary

In this video, we dive deep into the art of using the radius of your golf swing to better control your short game shots and explain how the angle of the shaft at impact can completely transform your wedge shots. Learn to manage the swing's radius using the advice in this video and you'll gain control over your shot’s trajectory like never before.

Key Takeaways

🏌️‍♂️ Increase forward shaft lean for lower shots.

🏌️‍♂️ Reduce forward shaft lean for higher shots.

🏌️‍♂️ Mix and match techniques with different wedges for versatile options around the green

All right GoGolf365 members, here we go. Here's another short game tip I want to talk about; the radius of the swing. How you deliver the angle of the shaft at impact determines the trajectory of the shot. If you deliver a shaft that has a lot of forward lean, you take loft off the golf club, ball comes out lower. If you deliver a shaft that's more neutral or perhaps even backward leaning, then you got more loft, ball goes up. So I want you to think about the swing being a giant circle. The club’s moving around our body in a circle, and the radius is from the middle of our body down to the end of the club. If I swing such and really extend that radius, make that radius as low as I can for as long as I can, make it push the golf club as far away from my body as I can, that tends to produce a shot that comes out very low. This is because when I press that radius away from me, I deliver forward shaft lean. Conversely, if I let that radius fold up and shorten that distance here, then that means I've delivered less forward shaft lean, and more neutral to backward lean, and the club goes up more. So that produces a shot that has very high trajectory, comparatively. So you can learn how to manage the radius of the golf swing and hit different short game shots as a result. If you press it away from you, you hit it lower. If you allow it to fold, you hit it higher. You mix and match that technique with different types of wedges and you start to get lots of different options around the green. Try that the next time you're out, experiment a little bit with it. See what different kinds of shots you get, and you start to add different kinds of shots to your arsenal and that gives you more options. Manage the radius to manage trajectory. Leave me whatever questions you have. I'll be happy to get to as many as I can. This is a tough topic, but if you can figure it out, you get a lot better around the green.
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Closing Thoughts

There you have it; assuming you now understand the power of utilizing the radius of the swing, you’re now equipped with the knowledge to conquer your short game shortcomings.

Remember, practice makes perfect, so get out there and experiment with your swing radius. With the F2 Wedge by your side, you'll have even more control over your game. It's time to enjoy golfing like never before.

Until next time,

Matt Stephens

Inventor at GoGolf365

Meet Your Instructor

Brandon currently serves as the Head Golf Professional at the historic Metairie Country Club outside New Orleans, Louisiana. He specializes in competitive player development with a focus in the areas of short-game and putting and has students competing at every level from junior and club golf through the collegiate ranks and professional tours.


Since 2010, Brandon has consistently been ranked among the top 5 teachers in his state by Golf Digest and is a member of the magazine’s elite “Best Young Teachers’ list. He has earned multiple PGA honors including the 2015 and 2018 “Teacher of the Year” in Georgia and has been recognized by GolfTips Magazine as a “Top 25 Instructor” as well as a Top 50 instructor by the Golf Range Association of America.

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