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Recovery Shots: Escaping from the trees

For the average golfer, if you’re stuck behind trees you’ve probably heard to “just take your medicine”. This means that you should take the easiest route to get the ball back to the fairway so you can have the best approach in for your next shot. However, for the advanced player, or someone that just wants to have a go, there are a couple of things you can think about to improve this shot.

The next time you’re attempting this kind of shot, take your normal setup position. Be prepared to think about the movement of your hands through impact. In order to keep the loft down, we have to make sure that your hands don’t pass the club coming through impact. You want to make sure that on the way through impact, you keep the back of your left hand going towards the target for as long as possible. This will keep the loft down. You can also keep it down by moving the ball back in your stance a little bit. Use the back of your hand as a way to keep the ball positioned in the same place as you normally would, while driving the ball out lower. Basically, take a normal setup, drive the back of your left hand forward through the hit, keep it pretty low and you should have a shot that keeps you under the limbs of the trees.

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Written by Brad Smith