Old Palm News - Mark My Words

Mark My Words

July 02, 2012

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By Mark Hackett, Director of Instruction, Old Palm Golf Club Many of the green complexes on our magnificent Raymond Floyd-designed golf course are crowned, meaning they’re elevated on one or more sides above the surrounding pitching areas. The grass in the pitching areas is usually tightly mown, and it can be intimidating to play from there. It helps to play a low-running shot with a putter or a hybrid utility club, which more and more golfers have in their bags these days. A hybrid club is bigger than an iron and has enough loft to produce a low-running shot that will bounce through the tightly mown grass and then roll on the putting green, similar to a putt. When playing a low-running shot with a hybrid club, it is important to remember a few things. First, you should play this shot just as if you were putting, with the ball in the center of your stance. Choke up on the hybrid club, making sure your eyes are over the ball and use a pendulum stroke to strike the ball. Secondly, take into account the steepness of the pitching area and how hard you need to stroke the ball.  With a little practice, you will develop a good feel of how hard to strike these shots. Lastly, remember to consider the slope of the pitching area just as you do on the putting green. When the slope moves left to right, your golf ball is going to be influenced by this. This picture illustrates the proper technique required to successfully play this shot.

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