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Want to pull off this shot? Get in the gym.

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - News - – Ron Kaspriske

Five easy ex­er­cises to hit bet­ter shots from bad lies.

Five ex­er­cises that will help you ex­e­cute the tough shots

You might like to spend hours on the range groov­ing your swing, but from a neu­ro­log­i­cal stand­point, that’s prob­a­bly not a good idea, says Golf Di­gest fit­ness ad­vi­sor Ben Shear. If you only train on per­fectly flat prac­tice ranges, how can you ex­pect your body to per­form when you’re try­ing to flush a shot off a down­hill or side­hill lie, or stand­ing with one foot in and one foot out of a bunker?

“It takes a good amount of co­or­di­na­tion, strength and flex­i­bil­ity to hit shots from awk­ward lies,” Shear says.“Even some­thing as stan­dard as a deep-rough lie can give you fits if your body isn’t pre­pared.”

That’s why it’s im­por­tant to train your ner­vous sys­tem to be com­fort­able in any stance so it can co­or­di­nate mus­cle func­tion to ex­e­cute all types of shots. Shear of­fers five ex­er­cises to help when the ball isn’t sit­ting pretty. Add these to your work­out.

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