How to Run It Up Close

How to Run It Up Close


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.

The Situation

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.

The Solution

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.

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.

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.

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.