Shots To Score By!

Must know shots to get up and down more often

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Through the stroke, it's critical that I accelerate through the shot and keep my body rotating through the hit. Sand is pretty resistant stuff! If I let up, or even decel a little bit, my mistake will be magnified, and I'll hit it fat or the clubface will close prematurely, and so on. So, remember, always accelerate through the hit, and don't be afraid to hit some sand. It's the sand that actually lifts the ball into the air, not the club.

IGNORE THE HAZARD

Visualize the spot where you want to land the ball as you make a confident stroke through the golf ball!

BE CONFIDENT

It's not that the shot is difficult; the hazard just makes it look that way. After contact, I'm still thinking about where my target is and where I want the ball to land. The less I look up and see the hazard, the more confident my swing becomes.

The key to a successful pitch shot over a hazard is to make sure you go through your preshot routine, take a club that will work with the lie the ball is in (tight lies are harder to hit with a club with a lot of bounce), and pick the area or spot where you want the ball to land. I always take a practice swing looking at either the spot where I want the ball to land or the pin. Then, I make sure I have good balance at address and the ball position matches the ballflight I want (back in the stance for a lower ballflight, more forward in the stance for a higher, softer ballflight). The last thing I do before I begin my takeaway is to look at my target, back at the ball and then immediately start my swing before I can think about anything else!

Find a routine that works best for you and that takes your mind off the hazard and on a spot where you want the ball to land. Try the "last look" technique I like to do. Set up, take a glance at the target, then make your swing immediately!

FAIRWAY/HYBRID CHIP

Hitting chip-and-run shots with your fairway wood or hybrid is a great way to make sure the lie doesn't affect your results too much. Why? Hybrids and woods have wide soles and you don't have to try and scoop the ball up like you would with a wedge or an iron.

To hit this shot successfully, set up with the ball in the center of your stance with some shaft lean toward the target. Really, for this shot, the setup is the only difference from your normal putting routine. Mimic your putting stroke, making a smooth, rhythmic stroke into and through the back of the ball. The key is to avoid using a lot of wrist action and rock the shoulders, keeping the clubhead low going back and through.


Although you really aren't using your wrists with this shot, you still want to remain supple. Don't tense up and lift the club after impact.



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