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How do you hit off wet fairway? Could you also go over ball position? Thanks.
I need to hit my middle and long irons higher, any ideas?
Distance Control.... what do you suggest? Do you teach a feel technique or is there a method that can teach the distance control.
Can you give me a technique tip on how to get the ball out of thick rough? Typically I'm short of target.
Does having the ball below your feet cause you to lose distance?

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  • Swing Where Your Body is Aimed

    Make sure when trying to fade or slice intentionally that you swing along the line to which your body is aiming. Your body should be aimed where you want the ball to start and your clubface should be aimed where you want the ball to end up. It's easy to get caught in the habit of swinging to your target, but when you are working the ball and trying to spin it it's important to remember to swing to the line where you want the ball to start.

  • Look Down at a Closed Face When Drawing the Ball

    Get used to looking at a slightly closed club face when trying to draw the ball. At first it will be visually awkward, but you have to tell yourself it's correct. It's important to set the clubface closed first and then take your grip. This way your arms and hands stay in a neutral position. If you take your grip and then try to close the clubface you will be rolling your arms over and opening your shoulders.

  • When to Hit Out of Water

    If you have a golf ball that is half way covered with water or less you can make a go at it. Of course this decision should only be made if you are having fun or are in a competitive round and need to pull off this shot to win. This shot is usually best pulled off with a sand wedge. To give it a try, open the clubface at address and swing back on a more vertical plane (steep). I like to imagine I'm blasting a ball out of the sand.

  • Increase Your Club For Every 10 mph of Wind

    When faced with high winds, choosing the correct club can be a tremendous challenge. While every situation is different and depends on a player's technique and ability, as a general rule, alter your club of choice choice by one club for every 10 mph of wind. For instance if there is a 20 mph wind in your face, go up two clubs (from a 7 iron to a 5 iron). If the wind is downwind 20 mph then go down 2 clubs (from a 7 iron to a 9 iron).

  • Use Enough Loft From the Rough to Get Back in Play

    When faced with a ball in deep rough it is important first and foremost to pick the right club and one with enough loft that you will be able to get the ball back out in play. Gnarly grass will want to grab your clubhead so you should also make an effort to steepen your swing plane. Standing slightly open and making more of an arms swing than a shoulder turn on your takeaway will help you make your plane more upright. Avoid turning around your body with your shoulders on a flat plane.

  • When It's Breezy, Swing Easy

    When hitting into a head wind swing easy. Accelerating through a shot only forces the ball to jump up high into the air. This is not ideal when you have wind in your face. To keep the ball down simply slow down your rate of rotation and take more club. For instance, if you are at a distance where you would normally hit your 7 iron, go up to a 5 iron and swing slow, but smooth.

  • You Always Have 3 Choices When Behind a Tree

    When you find yourself behind a tree you have 3 choices: 1) Hit over the tree 2) Hit around the tree 3) Hit under the tree Situations can vary, but hitting over a tree time and time again proves to be the most difficult choice. It's a matter of picking the perfect club, catching the ball solid and making sure that you swing in a way that will loft the ball right from the start. Hitting under a tree is not always that easy either, especially if you have low hanging branches. You will find that hitting around is often the smartest and easiest play even if you have to sacrifice distance and just punch out.

  • Play it Left For Loft

    To hit the ball higher move it forward in your stance. This way you will catch the ball more on the up arc with a face that has more loft. Also, make sure that your head and sternum stay well behind the ball. Getting them in front of the ball will only smother it and knock it out low. When you are behind it, again, you will be able to strike the ball with a more lofted face and a bit on the up swing which will shoot the ball out high.

  • Stay Forward to Hit it Low

    To hit a shot low and bring your trajectory down you must keep your sternum over or in front of the ball. When your sternum and center of gravity get back behind the ball you will shoot the ball up. To keep it down you must feel like you stay over or in front of the ball. This will help you trap the ball and de loft the face. Keep your head and sternum moving forward towards the target consistently throughout the swing. Playing the ball back in your stance will help you keep your trajectory down as well.

  • Widen Your Stance to Get Lower

    When faced with a ball below your feet widen your stance. This will help get you lower to the ground. Also, bend more at the waist. The number one problem with this lie is people don't get themselves low enough to start with and don't stay down throughout the shot. It's very easy to stand up on the backswing. Make an effort to get low and then keep your chest the same distance from the ball throughout the swing.

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