This story is for you if…
• You always try to fly the ball to the pin, and almost always fly it too far.
• You think the only time the ball should roll on the ground is when you putt.
You’re short of the green with the pin in front, you don’t have a lot of room to work with, and your lie makes this a difficult shot to spin.
Forget trying to make a complicated half-wedge shot to a manhole-sized landing area. Instead, play a bump-and-run and roll the ball up there. It’s an easy shot — really. Just follow these instructions.
ASSESS YOUR ROUTE
Read the ground just like you would for a putt, noting the firmness and any slope. This shot will spend more time on the ground than in the air.
SET A TRAP
Feel like you’re trapping the ball between the club and the ground. To guarantee a low ball flight, abbreviate your finish with the club close to the ground.
Choke down a little on the club and play the ball right of center. Lean a little toward the target and press the shaft slightly forward to ensure solid contact.
PICK YOUR CLUB
Make a note of the distance to the hole, and plan to fly the ball one-third of the way there. The more you need to fly the ball, the more club loft you should use.