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A buried uphill lie in a bunker is a nightmare no more!

A buried uphill lie in a bunker is a nightmare no more!

A buried uphill lie in a bunker is a nightmare no more!

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A regular bunker shot is a difficult shot for many golfers, but a buried, uphill lie is a nightmare!  But don’t worry a bit.  Jeff Ritter of Make the Turn via Golf Digest helps you understand the technique needed to help extricate the ball safely onto the green and even get it close to the hole in some instances! 

How hideous is this lie? There’s a good chance we’ll all be faced with it at some point: Ball buried in the bunker, under a lip. And while it looks like there’s no way to get a good stance or make any sort of solid contact, we have a few tips that can help you out.

Swing coach Jeff Ritter says that first and foremost, you need good balance for this shot. Take a wide stance, and put one foot out of the bunker and one foot in if necessary.

 
 
 
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#1 key after an off-line tee shot - Get the ball safely back into play!

#1 key after an off-line tee shot – Get the ball safely back into play!

#1 key after an off-line tee shot – Get the ball safely back into play!

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Hitting an off-line tee shot into the trees is not unusual, but hitting a great recovery shot to get the ball back into play is vital for your next shot.  Jeff Ritter with   of  Golf Digest explains the key components of this crucial shot. First, get the ball back in play and go from there!

Never Follow a Bad Shot with another Bad Shot!

Unless you’re a freak of nature, you’re not going to be in the fairway off of every tee. And that’s fine -– every guy on tour misses fairways. For those times you’re so far off the fairway that you’re in the trees, you need to be able to hit a good punch shot to get out. Hitting it in the trees isn’t a mistake, but not knowing how to get out is.

Swing coach Jeff Ritter has a few tips to help you get out of trouble and back into the fairway. First, he says to look at your shot and pick the widest part of the gap to hit through. There’s no point in being a hero. Trying to thread the ball through a tight gap is more likely to result in still being stuck in the trees than getting out. Instead, make the safe play and punch into the fairway.

When looking at that gap, Ritter says to also look at what trajectory you need in order to get out cleanly. You’re likely going to need to keep it pretty low, so Ritter says to pick a low-lofted club, and play it back in your stance.

As for the swing itself, Ritter warns that the faster you swing, the higher your ball is going to launch. So, make sure your swing is short, smooth, and controlled.

Following these tips will get you out of the woods, and help keep double or triple off the scorecard.

Source: Jeff Ritter      Golf Digest

Picture: Michelle Hofstrand

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Use the "Touch and Go" to take the tension out of your golf game!

Use the “Touch and Go” to take the tension out of your golf game!

Use the “Touch and Go” to take the tension out of your golf game!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

If you watch golf on TV most weekends, you will note the time professionals take before they hit a shot. Of course, they will make sure that they are 100% ready before they hit their shot.  But, as soon as they are, they will walk into the ball and hit the shot.  No dilly-dallying while they are at the ball.  Jeff Ritter for Golf Digest gives you a simple “Touch and go” routine that will help you take the tension out of your golf game!

Looking at the ball instead of the target.

According to swing coach Jeff Ritter, a common mistake people who are under pressure make is looking at the target for a short time, and looking at the ball for a long time. Ritter says to flip that around.

The longer you spend looking at the ball, the longer you have to tighten your grip or tense up your shoulders. That’s not doing your swing any favors. That moment you first address the ball is when you’re most loose and in more of a natural athletic stance.

To ensure that you swing from that position, Ritter says to stand over the ball, look at the target for a few moments, look back at the ball, and immediately start your swing after you’ve grounded your club. Adding this fluid motion to your pre-shot routine will keep you from getting tight under pressure and help you close out that $5 nassau like a champ.

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Controlling Your Trajectory Helps Control Your Distance!

Controlling Your Trajectory Helps Control Your Distance!

Controlling Your Trajectory Helps Control Your Distance!

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Jack Nicklaus worked very hard on controlling trajectory on all of his iron shots to peaked at exactly the same height.  

The thinking behind this was that even though the trajectory was different for a Pitching wedge and a 3 iron, they all peaked at the same height.  That meant the downward trajectory would be the same for all clubs, giving him the same amount of roll on a 3 iron as a pitching wedge.  If you have ever watched Jack hit a 3 iron, you’ll know what I’m talking about.  In conjunction with Golf Digest, Jeff Ritter gives you some neat drills to really help you understand trajectory!

Jeff Ritter teaches you a way to practice controlling the height of your ball flight.

Source:  Jeff Ritter, in conjunction with Golf Digest

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When working on your game - Don't be afraid to exaggerate!

When working on your game – Don’t be afraid to exaggerate!

When working on your game – Don’t be afraid to exaggerate!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Some of the comments I make to my students continually are, “Don’t be afraid to exaggerate!”  

“There is perception and reality!” “When you think you are moving one foot, you are moving one inch!”  These are all comments to help the student get into the proper positions relative to where they are in their own swing at that moment.  Here Jeff Ritter of MTT explains how he discovered this while working on his own game!  The lesson to learn here is that while working on your own game, realize that what you are doing and what you think you are doing are two completely different things!

Jeff Ritter has made a name for himself in the golf world for his coaching. Here is a great video for all levels of golfers explaining how to continually improve your swing.

Even a guy like Jeff has to watch himself on video. It’s a major benefit to seeing the flaws in your swing!

Source: MTT

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The slower you do your drills - the faster the body learns!

The slower you do your drills – the faster the body learns!

The slower you do your drills – the faster the body learns!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

I have been telling my students for years to do their drills at a slow speed in the beginning because the slower you do your drills, the faster the body learns.  

Think about it.  When you were in Grade 1, and you were learning to write, the teacher made you do it slowly, over and over.  She did not expect you to write at the speed of an adult right away.  

The same thing applies to the golf swing.  If you are a beginner or high handicap, you cannot expect to hit the ball proficiently and at the speed of a Tour Pro right away.  Here is Jeff Ritter to explain how to learn to “gear up” as you become better at doing a certain drill.

Source:  Golf Life

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Can you hit the high soft pitch shot - You can if you know how!

Can you hit the high soft pitch shot – You can if you know how!

Can you hit the high soft pitch shot – You can if you know how!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Hitting the high soft pitch shot is one that separates the good golfer from the poor one. 

I have never seen a good golfer who cannot pitch, and I have never seen a poor one who can.  Here Jeff Ritter gives a straightforward tip that I think will help your pitching and turn you into a good golfer!

Source: OB Sports Golf  Jeff Ritter

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