It happens to every golfer out there, even the pros. While playing, you eventually find yourself in trouble. Maybe youâve hit your ball into the deep rough, or on a fluffy bed of pine needles, or perhaps youâve simply got a tight lie in the woods or elsewhere. In most cases, you can get out of trouble by taking a few simple tips to heart. âThe key to recovery shots is to stay calm and take your medicine,â advises Mark Hackett, Director of Instruction at Old Palm and one of Golf Magazineâs Top 100 Teachers in America. âThe problem is that most people try to hit a heroic shot and end up with a high number on their scorecards.â Hackett offers an easy formula for success when hitting a recovery shot:
- Use your head to get the ball back in play. No heroics.
- Play the ball back in your stance
- Use a smooth, three-quarter swing
- Contact the ball first