Chip Shots With Bad Lies
Here is a suggestion for hitting those chips that seem to be in a bad lie. Let's say the ball is sitting down in a slight depression close to the green. Remember if the ball fits in the hole the club will too. Take an 8 or 9 iron and set the club down on its toe. Get the shaft as vertical as you can,you will be standing close to the ball and very up right. By doing this you will reduce the drag of the club.You want to strike the ball with the toe of the club. Now go ahead and use your putting stroke. The loft of the club will pop the ball out low and then it will run like a putt. This is a safe shot. Remember when you have a bad lie play the safest shot you can to give yourself a chance to make the next shot.

This shot works well when the ball is up against the fringe or from hard pan.The putter may not be the club for this shot because of the design, you can't always get the putter on the ball cleanly.

Options are a wonderful thing when your playing golf. The more options you have for any given shot the more chances you have to save par.

This is something that I think is very overlooked or just taken for granted. I feel it is extremely important to know where the ball is relative to the bottom of the swing, that spot may differ from player to player, because of the amount of foward lateral movement each player has. (You need to find the best position for you.) On all full shots that are uninhibited or not in some type of awkward lie the ball position should be slightly ahead of center to about 3 inches ahead of center according to the length of the club.

The ball position should be ahead in the stance so when you redirect the swing the club will start foward and decend on its foward approach to the ball. This will produce forward and downward pressure on the ball, making the ball start down your target line.

Here's how to determine where the ball is relative to your feet.

Place two clubs on the gound forming a small letter t.

The one that is parallel to your target is your foot line, place your toes along this club.

The one that is perpendicular should be placed to indicate the center of your stance.

Now start with the ball slightly ahead of this point for your iron shots and work foward up to about three inches for your driver.

Remember on all full shots the ball should be between your front heel and the club that is at the center of your feet.

Try it I'm sure you will like it.

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