How to Get on the Green
by Tony Li, June 23, 2015
We all have played courses where the green is protected by water, either on the sides or completely surrounding it like an island.
Unless your ball is a few inches away from the water edge, it should be easy to pitch it up and onto the green. Most amateurs fret this shot and end up hitting their ball into the water. The distance to the green is usually short but it is the hardest shot in golf as it seems. The problem isn't the stroke or the swing, but 99% of the time, it is because we are anxious and we lift our head up before impact. This causes our body to rise up and we mishit the ball. Before we know it, plunk into the water.
A lot of golf instructors including Paul Holtby (Moorpark) will advise you to hit a chip when you are within 100 yards from the green. Instead of a 100-yard wedge shot, set up as though you are going to chip it. Keep your head still and execute a chip with a strong hand. This should pop the ball up and onto the green.
Next time you are on the driving range, setup in an open stance and hit high pitch shots to a target 20 yards, 40 yards and 60 yards. Once you get a good feel for this type of shot, you will feel more confidence the next time when you have to hit it over water to a protected green.
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Golf Buddy Voice GPS
At RockBottomGolf this weekend, I noticed the price of the Golf Buddy VS4 model and was tempted on buying one. The nice thing about Golf Buddy is that it has both voice and display whereas the Voice Caddie only has voice.
I know it sounds like overkill when it has both but if you get tired of the voice, you can always look at the display and get your distances.
With the Golf Buddy units, you can buy a wristband accessory to wear it on your wrist. Or if it gets in the way, you can buy a belt clip with a retractable cord on it.