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Golf Tip of the Fortnight
When you get the ball near the green, sitting down in deep grass, many times the style of shot
that is most appropriate is like a greenside bunker shot. Since the ball cannot be contacted
directly (for all the grass around it) the best shot is to try to brush through the
longer grass, underneath the ball, while maintaining the original angle of the clubface as much
You'll see lots of these shots during the U.S. Open this week at Merion (Hunter Mahan in the final round on hole number 3 from the right roughgreat shot!). And you'll also
notice that the results are frequently unpredictable, even for the best players in the world. With
that much grass around the ball and all the potential variations (in terms of thickness, density,
length, moisture, amount of air under the ball, etc.) it's pretty much a guess as to how the ball
will come out. To increase your chances of success follow these key points:
- keep the rhythm of the swing constant throughout the swing, especially through the ball
- maintain an open blade position all the way through
- keep your grip pressure firm, as the grass will likely try to grab the hosel and close the face
- as a general rule, the harder you have to swing to make sure that your club gets through
the grass, the more loft you'll need to start with on the clubface and the more altitude you'll
want on the shot
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