Old Palm News - Save a penalty stroke by hitting out of the water

Save a penalty stroke by hitting out of the water

March 20, 2013

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Unfortunately, everyone knows how to hit into a water hazard. But how many golfers know how to hit out? It’s not as hard as you may think, if you follow the advice of Mark Hackett, Old Palm’s Director of Instruction and one of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 golf teachers. As long as some of the ball is exposed above the surface, hitting out of a water hazard is actually an easy shot, which will save you a penalty stroke and get you a big round of applause. Here is Hackett’s recipe for success: • Be sure not to ground your club • Keep your weight forward to create a steeper angle of attack • Keep the ball left of center for a higher trajectory shot • Maintain a “quiet” lower body, swinging more with the arms That’s all there is to it. With a little practice, you will be able to successfully blast out of the water every time.

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