LEARN TO USE THE BOUNCE

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life -

I couldn’t agree with Brandt more on this one. It’s all about learn­ing to make the club­head skid on its back edge – what’s called the club’s bounce. Think of it as bruis­ing the ground through im­pact, not dig­ging or tak­ing any kind of divot. It’s more of a sweep.

Here’s a good vis­ual: Re­turn the loft. Set up with the ball slightly for­ward and your hands just ahead of it. Then fo­cus on swing­ing back and re­turn­ing the club­face loft you set at ad­dress

(above).

A fun way to prac­tice is to stick a tee half­way in the ground on a low an­gle, al­most ly­ing down. Ad­dress the head of the tee, and try to swing so you flip it out of the turf. If you hit down, you’ll ham­mer the tee into the ground. If you use the bounce, you’ll slide the club un­der it and flip it up. Get good at that, and you’ll be a hell of a pitcher.

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