Know the score be­fore you go club­bing

Rutherglen Reformer - - Football -

Se­lect­ing the right shot around the green is vi­tal if you are to get up and down on any golf course.

It might seem like you have lots of op­tions when you get to your ball, but some­times the de­ci­sion should be made for you and know­ing what club to use is vi­tal.

This is par­tic­u­larly true of the 18th hole at Kirkhill, where Dou­glas and Dun­can headed this week to work on Dou­glas’s short game.

The green slopes from front to back, mean­ing a chip shot from the back of the green will be very dif­fer­ent from the front.

Dun­can said: “When you go through the green, you’re chip­ping back up the slope so you need a straighter faced club.

“The grass is also against you. You can see the club can get caught and slowed down, so you need to make sure you get through the grass and con­nect prop­erly with the ball.

“From here, I’d use a nine-iron, which will cut through the grass, and run the

Kirkhill Golf Club’s pro­fes­sional Dun­can Wil­liamson works with Dou­glas this week on help­ing to im­prove our re­porter’s short game

ball up.”

From the front of the green, Dun­can’s so­lu­tion was very dif­fer­ent.

In­stead, from a tight, fair­way lie, he had Dou­glas use his 58 de­gree wedge. He said: “Play this shot with the hands back slightly and keep the clubhead close to the ground. “Land it short and let it run out. “We didn’t get much closer from ei­ther side, but right now the greens are very fast as they’ve just been rolled and it’s a dif­fi­cult shot any­way.

“The best place to miss this green would be on the right hand side, slightly long where you’d be chip­ping into the hill.”

Lofty am­bi­tionPlay­ers th­ese days have a va­ri­ety of wedges they can choose from around the greens, and pick­ing the right loft is vi­tal if you want to get up and down

Slip­pery slopeThe 18th green at Kirkhill slopes dra­mat­i­cally from front to back mak­ing your choice of shot around the green vi­tal

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