Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Art of Recovery: How to Shave Strokes Off Every Round

Save par.  I recommend that most people abandon the wedge - except for bunker shots.  And even in bunkers, an 8 or 9 iron would serve better.  Why?  If the shot demands you remove a lot of sand, most people aren’t strong enough to execute the shot.  How many times have you tried to get a ball out of a bunker - swung mightily at it - and then watched it roll back in the bunker.  Meanwhile, your wrist feels like you bent it backward upon itself.  
Few of us get to practice much at all.  Few people even go to the practice range and warm up before a round.  So, how do we shave strokes?  First, don’t think wedge when you enter the bunker.  Think 8 or 9 iron.  Second, grip down, way down, open the blade, and when you strike the ball, swing at a diagonal angle under the ball (think 4 o'clock to 11 o'clock, for right-handers; 8 o'clock to 1 o'clock for lefties).  Learn the separating of the hands grip I teach with the "Goose" and it will help you immensely in the bunker.  If it’s a particularly deep bunker - I recommend not trying for the green.  Hit the ball onto the fairway, even if it means going backward and having your next shot be longer.  Save the shot you most likely would have given up trying to hit onto the green - and failed to execute.

The 8 or 9 will help you make better contact with the ball.  Worst case you get the ball back into play - even if you clunk it.  Most amateurs do not know how to put backspin on a ball to control distance - so the result is too often hitting the ball over the green into another bunker or into a situation worse than you’d have if you simply hit the ball back onto the fairway.  Again, you save strokes by playing smart.  Chunking shots in the bunker is the one sure way of taking the air out of a round and seeing your score go ballistic.  If you're not making your living playing golf, you're probably playing to have some fun, right?
I teach a shot I call a “low hanger” that will help you stay out of more bunkers than you can count.  You’ll learn to keep the ball low - so it will roll up onto the green and toward the hole.  People are amazed when I continuously ignore trying to hit the ball on the green and instead opt to hit the ball in front of the green and let it roll up onto it.  I continue to take their money round after round.  They just won’t abandon the bad habits they’ve acquired over a lifetime of trying to be Ben Hogan or Phil Michelson.  Of course, with the “Goose” you can also learn ball placement strategies that will help you shave strokes.  Well, there’s my pitch for today.  To order the “Goose” tutorial, just click on the ‘BUY NOW” button in the far right column.  And remember, you don’t have to open an account with PayPal to use their services.  Simply follow the instructions I provide for ORDERING under the 33 Min of AAAR!! section.  Thanks.

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