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EOGA Weekly Tip

With John Thomson (EOGA Erinvale)

Chipping from a downhill lie

Step 1

Chipping from a downhill can be daunting at times, especially if chipping is not your strongest part of the game. Most of the time, it is a lack of understanding some of the basic concepts, or not committing to the shot or the nerves getting to you.
Step 2

Follow this setup process to counter the effects of the slope: gravity will want to control the moves you create, and the correct setup will stabilise the body and allows for a more efficient swing.

Step 3

Take whichever club suits the situation, whether the flag is front, middle or back. It should feel like the ball is placed slightly back in the stance, closer to the right foot and have the body align square to the target. The next part is crucial: angle the body as close to the slope as possible, with most of weight on the left foot. This will help maintain the structure of the body, allowing for better quality shot from these difficult lies.
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Rollout has been measured on a wedge that played 125 rounds versus a new wedge. The results showed that a fresh wedge can give you up to 14 feet more stopping power than an old one.
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Fix par 3 mistakes

Many golfers base their approach to a par 3 on the ideal shot shape and then try to hit that shot. But using your natural shot shape to your advantage will help you hit more par 3 greens.
If you know you tend to push the ball a little with a slight fade, you can count on aiming slightly left of your target on the green, instead of trying to force a straight shot or draw.
Don’t use hazards as markers to aim because if you do hit it dead straight, you’re probably going to drop shots.
From the tee, identify the most dangerous hazard. Then think about how your natural shot shape pulls you into those hazards or helps you evade them. By understanding your swing you can set yourself up to minimise risk and hit the green more often.

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