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Damage Control

Damage Control is the art of "stopping the bleeding" when you get into trouble on the golf course. It requires solid decision making and course management techniques. For the most part it requires playing it safe and sacrificing distance to get the ball safely back into play.

Damage Control Tips

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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