Old Palm News

Use your head to get out of trouble

May 24, 2013

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It happens to every golfer out there, even the pros. While playing, you eventually find yourself in trouble. Maybe you’ve hit your ball into the deep rough, or on a fluffy bed of pine needles, or perhaps you’ve 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. “The key to recovery shots is to stay calm and take your medicine,” advises Mark Hackett, Director of Instruction at Old Palm and one of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers in America. “The problem is that most people try to hit a heroic shot and end up with a high number on their scorecards.” Hackett offers an easy formula for success when hitting a recovery shot:

  1. Use your head to get the ball back in play. No heroics.
  2. Play the ball back in your stance
  3. Use a smooth, three-quarter swing
  4. Contact the ball first
If you can just get the ball back in play, you’ll have a much better chance to minimize the damage and move on.


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