The Odd Shot
These can make the Difference
Every once in a while we all face
those shots from strange places where
we say to ourselves "Oh here's a shot
I practice all the time!" It might be
that buried bunker lie or a low flight
shot to get under some tree branches
or even a opposite hand shot where you
have to make a stroke from the other
side of the ball. Well, practice does
With speciality shots it's
not so much about perfecting the shot
as it is to gain at least a little
confidence so that we do not let
a "crummy" lie upset us as much. If we
face those situations with an
optimistic attitude and as a
challenge, then even if the result is
not has good as we want, we know we
gave it our best effort.
So here is
a list of ones to work on:
The Fried Egg - This is actually
quite common and deserves more
practice. Remember, close the face of
the club and bit down two inches
behind the ball. Practice with both
sand wedge and pitching wedge.
Experiment with lots of
Screamer - On the range, ball back
in your stance, close club face a
little, abbreviated swing. Experiment.
Try to fade the ball too with an open
face. The Backwards
Shot - Have fun with this one but
stand away from other golfers on the
range. Put a ball down and stand on
the opposite side of the ball with
your back to where you are hitting.
Try to hit balls with the back of your
club like a 5-iron as far as you can.
This is a fun drill and can be a great
drill to break up your usual practice
time. Sky High Flop -
Phil Michelson eat your heart out.
From different lies take the time to
try and hit the highest, softest shot
can. These are always a little freaky
because you are swinging so much. Get
to the feeling.
Good luck and
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