The Golf Swing

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Saturday, January 29, 2005

Difficult Lies - Hitting Out of Difficult Lies

Trouble makes us all stretch our shotmaking skills. Believe it or not a good portion of those skills are mental, not physical. To be able to make a shot out of a difficult lie you have to work harder and concentrate harder. If you can do this, a good portion of the time you will pull off the shot.

You may not have the physical skills of a professional, but there's no reason why you can't approach and evaluate trouble situations with the same mental acuity. In fact, to use these skills you need nothing more than a sophisticated version of your normal pre-shot routine.

I begin playing a trouble shot as I'm approaching the ball. Often you can see your situation better -- get a view of the big picture -- when you're 100 yards in back of it. You can see the actual height of the trees, the nature of the terrain the shot will have to cross, and sometimes you can get a better view of the pin position as well.

Once I'm at the ball, the first thing I do is inspect the lie. If it's in heavy grass, several shots are immediately made impossible. Likewise, if it's sitting on hardpan or some other tight lie, certain shots are eliminated. I also make note of whether the grass is wet or dry and whether it's growing with my shot or against it.

Next I take a look at what's in front of me. Let's say I'm in the rough, I have 150 yards to the green, and I have to hit the ball under the tree limb that's hanging about six feet off the ground. I begin to imagine what the ideal shot would look like -- some sort of punch that lands in the fairway and runs to the green.

This is when I start asking myself questions: Does my lie allow me to put the club on the ball for such a shot? (If the grass is very thick, the answer is no.) Can I find my way to the green with such a shot or does a bunker or water hazard block the way?

If the answers to the questions raise doubts about my first shot, I'll search for other options. This is when I look up into the trees for a possible high escape. I'll also consider whether a hook or slice shot would be possible from the situation. If no other option is available, I'll return to the question of the low shot and make my decision, either to go for the green or to lay up.

Once that choice is made, I'll match a club to the situation. In the case of the shot I've described, let's say I choose to go for the green. I'll next visualize the ideal shot once again, and that picture will automatically tell me the best club to choose, probably a 4- or 5-iron, which I would play back in my stance and hit with a short, crisp, punch swing.

If I make the more difficult decision -- to lay up -- I'll again imagine what the ideal shot would be. I'll decide the ideal point from which I'd like to play my next shot, then I'll visualize hitting my safe shot to that point. Finally, I'll choose the club that offers the best chance of executing that safe shot.

Adopt this type of routine and you'll be pleased with the results. You'll discover that the tighter the spot you're in, the tighter your focus of concentration will be, and the more impressive your shotmaking will be.

If you tend to get into a lot of trouble on the course than I suggest that you work on your swing. Everyone gets in trouble now and then but if you are consistently finding yourself in difficult situations there is a flaw somewhere in your swing that needs to be addressed. To learn how to keep out of trouble in the first place I highly recommend that you look into my course on the golf swing "The Biomechanics of the Golf Swing" by going to the following URL [http://www.biomechanicsofgolf.com].

In addition, several years ago the Adams Company came out with a new type of club designed specifically for hitting out of difficult lies. I've used these clubs and I have to admit they work real well. There currently is a special on these clubs. Click on the picture below and check them out. The price is a steal! But you better hurry because quantities are limited and this special offer could end at any time.



Adams Mens Tight Lies Fairway Woods


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