Tips & Hints from
our Head Pro
to control the ball out of the rough
short-iron approach shot from thick rough can be almost
as hard as a long-iron approach, especially when
there's a difficult pin position and your opponent is already on the
green looking to extend his lead in the match.
a situation like that you still have to exercise good
judgment: Play to the large part of the green.
The key is to hit it high to limit roll.
You should play the ball a little closer to your left
foot than normal and open the clubface slightly. Swing
back steeper, then hit down and through the shot, making
sure the toe of the club doesn't turn over until you
release it naturally through impact. Finish your swing
with your hands high. That's proof that you've
accelerated through impact and released the club
naturally. The result? A nice, high, soft shot from a
Think "light", not "tight" on
There is an old saying that the bunker shot should be
one of the easiest in golf because you're intentionally
trying to miss the ball. It isn't. Most
high-handicappers tense up at the very sight of the ball
lying in the sand. Most likely they've got a hard grip
on the sand wedge, which gives them no chance at
successfully executing the shot.
You should give very light grip pressure on bunker shots
- a 2 or 3 on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being barely
holding onto the club and 10 being tight enough to bust
a banana. You want to feel the weight of the clubhead,
the sand wedge is the heaviest club in your bag, and let
it work for you.
Light grip pressure increases clubhead speed. That's how
the pros are able to slide the clubhead underneath the
ball to a nice, full finish with such an effortless