How to pure it from any lie.
It’s one thing to pure it off a range mat or spongy grass in the middle of the fairway, but you’re really not playing good golf until you can hit good shots from the tough lies. I’m talking about when your ball is sitting in the rough, or when it’s in a depression like a divot hole, or when the lie is bare or super tight. Knowing how to handle those situations will make you a better player because, let’s face it, more often than not your ball isn’t going to be sitting pretty. ▶ With an assist from my swing coach, Randy Smith, I’m going to walk you through the adjustments you need to hit it solid with your irons from anywhere. But first, here’s a good swing thought to improve your iron play: Feel like the club is moving just above the ground for as long as possible in the followthrough. It’s something I’ve been working on that will help you, too; especially if you try to help the ball up with a scoopy swing. Let the club do the work instead. Now here’s the rest of my advice for better iron play.—WITH
Photographs by Dom Furore