Why’d I Do That?

Ball’s sit­ting up, but you go right un­der it

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Play Your Best -

our ap­proach trick­les off the back of the green, and when you get up to the ball, you see it’s perched up on a per­fect lie. Nice. Should be no prob­lem, right? But when you go to hit the shot, your club slides al­most clear un­der the ball, and you hardly ad­vance it. So much for that lucky lie.

Re­mem­ber that most of the weight on your wedges is on the bot­tom of the club. Any­thing hit high on the club­face won’t have much meat be­hind it.This com­bi­na­tion of high loft and low cen­tre of grav­ity dead­ens

Ythe hit. That said, it’s okay to use one of your wedges for this shot, just don’t ground the club­head at ad­dress. Hover it at the top of the grass.Then vi­su­alise a sweep­ing mo­tion, in­stead of a steep swing into the ball. Make a cou­ple of prac­tice swings in a sim­i­lar lie, just clip­ping blades of grass.

On your real swing, stay steady with your body, and let the club­head swing past you, like on a free-re­lease bunker shot.You’re try­ing to hit the ball low on the face, near the bot­tom grooves.Then it’ll come off the way it does on a nor­mal chip. When Dustin John­son three­p­utted the last green of the US Open at Cham­bers Bay, we all felt his pain. Did you know he also col­lapsed at the 2010 US Open at Peb­ble Beach? His duffed chip (above) on the par-4 sec­ond hole trig­gered a fi­nal-round de­ba­cle. He lay three just off the green, but his chip from a fluffy lie moved the ball two feet. He took triple bo­gey on his way to an 82 and a T-8.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.