Updated: May 8
This is one of the most important strokes when talking of scores, the best players find it as decisive as the putt. You can often see them touch the hole or even hole hit.
When there is much green on which to work the ball or you are very close to the green or there are many steps or marked slopes to carry, or a medium lie or you are not relaxed and don't want to risk it you look for this solution. It's the easiest and most efficient way. It should be technically the first stroke to learn because of the many advantages it can give. It helps to understand the handling of the energy, the small nuances at impact, the length of the takeaway, the tension we do not normally feel, a correct use of the wrists showing how efficient we are in the short distance.
CLUBS: PW, 52, 9, 8
FUNDAMENTALS TO BE CHECKED :
GRIP: neutral, hands forward of the breastbone, slightly closer to the target than to the clubface.
ALIGNMENT: parallel to the target.
STANCE: ball between the feet, weight on the left foot, left foot slightly opened.
POSTURE: relaxed legs, arms ahead of the club head, bust tilted forward, small angle between breast and club head.
TECHNIQUE: let's imagine that hands and club head make a trajectory in which hands are always ahead of the club head. That allows the loft not to change, guaranteeing the maximum quantity of roll.
The action you need to look for is very easy. You should cover it with the upper body trying to have relaxed hands and arms. Look for a smooth roll, sliding the clubface as much as you can.
In this case the most frequent problems are in the alignment, the excessive rigidity of the wrists, in the back, in the position of the ball which is backward in respect to the stance, in the posture, with overly marked body angles, a too large stance. You need to look for a very rhythmical action, avoiding divots and rigidity.
We suggest the use of more than one club.