50 Ways To Lower Your Score
Use our top tips, equipment advice, Tour examples and a few new training aids to play your best golf
35. Gear Effects: The Rough Stuff
Todd Harman, Dir. Product Marketing, Cleveland Golf
To determine what type of iron or wedge is best for thick rough and generally soft course conditions, you have to pay close attention to the design of the clubhead. Typically, irons with wider soles are better suited for these types of conditions than ones with more traditional, thinner soles. A wider sole has more effective bounce, which helps these clubheads glide through heavy grass more easily. When it comes to wedges, the same rule generally holds true, but be aware that wide-sole wedges don’t work well from tight lies.
36. Gear Effects: Hybrids Are Here To Stay
Don Wood, President, For Golfers only!
The hybrid’s popularity is due to the fact that its design combines the best attributes of both game-improvement irons and utility woods, with those attributes being a low and deep CG, a wide sole and, in most cases, a fair degree of offset. And while there’s no denying that trends are plentiful in the world of golf equipment, the hybrid club represents a paradigm shift rather than a passing fancy. Any golfer who struggles to get the ball airborne consistently with a given iron should consider replacing it with a comparably lofted hybrid, even if the longest iron in the bag is a 6-iron.
37. Try This! F2 Wedges
Until a player reaches a comfort zone within the confines of a deep greenside bunker, he or she will lose strokes due to the inability to make hay from the sand. If you have difficulty with the bunker blast, there’s a new series of wedges that just may help. The F2 52˚, 56˚ and 60˚ wedges ($99 each) are different from standard wedge models in that the hosel has been moved more toward the rear of the sole, placing the leading edge and a significant portion of the face in front of the hosel. This “Face Forward” design should facilitate a flatter arc through the sand and the ability to loft the ball high from the bunker. The Face Forward design also prevents sand or long grass from grabbing the hosel and altering the position of the clubface. Visit www.f2golf.com for more information.
38. Ball Below The Feet
When the ball is below your feet, the ensuing shot will almost always move from left to right. To compensate, you must aim accordingly by picking a target well left of your intended landing area. Also, shots from this type of lie won’t fly as far as usual, so be sure to choose enough club to make up for the loss of distance.
39. Pro Files: Leverage
Sometimes, escaping a rotten lie, as David Duval demonstrates here from a fairway divot, requires nothing but a little extra power and crispness. The keys to such a play is establishing more weight on your front side at address and an all-out attempt to get your chest over the ball at impact. Don’t leave anything on your back leg, but simply shoot your right side all the way through the shot.
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