Loosen your lead hand to loft the ball
▶ When you need to hit a higher shot near the green, resist the urge to squeeze the grip too hard and make a fast swing. The results are rarely good. Instead, keep your right hand very soft on the grip throughout a controlled swing. You can open the face a bit at address to add loft to the shot, but keeping the right hand relaxed is priority one. The other factor to executing this shot is to let the right hand pass under the left through impact. It will feel like the left hand stops moving. This allows the clubhead to slide through the turf and pop the ball up.