It’s all about learn­ing to use the club’s bounce

THE MAN Magazine Cambodia - - Golf -

How do you prac­tice your short game? Most peo­ple move from one per­fect lie to an­other and start to find their rhythm af­ter half a dozen or so tries. That’s nice, but how much of your real golf comes in per­fect con­di­tions? Even if you’re tee­ing it up at Au­gusta Na­tional, you’ll run across a va­ri­ety of less-than-ideal green­side lies. Un­less you know how to di­ag­nose the sit­u­a­tion and use the club the right way for each shot, you’re go­ing to be hit­ting and hop­ing. To make a point here, I tried out four ex­treme play­ing sur­faces: pave­ment, my back-yard pool, the ar­ti­fi­cial turf at Ari­zona State’s foot­ball prac­tice fa­cil­ity and the desert. Each of th­ese rep­re­sents a com­mon bad lie you face when you play: hard­pan, sloppy ground con­di­tions, su­per-tight grass and an un­main­tained waste area. The tech­niques I’m us­ing here are the same ones you should use on the course. You’ll see they’re mostly changes in the setup and how you use the bounce on the bot­tom of the club. If you know how to get the club to in­ter­act cor­rectly with the ground, then it’s a mat­ter of pick­ing how far be­hind the ball to hit. You’ll be able to ap­proach even the tough­est short-game shots with­out fear.

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