Early in the season, your feel is at an all-time low. You're going to need a simple, go-to shot around the greens. The bump and run is your friend -- especially on tight lies, usually around the fringe. This shot is about as literal as it can get: you’re going to give the ball a little bump, and watch it run out to the hole.
Unlike the always-sexy flop shot, this shot is going to fly low and only be in the air for a short distance. It’ll take a few hops, and then run the rest of the way. It might not look as pretty, but it’s a heck of a lot easier to control.
Rick Smith told us that you should set up with the ball back in your stance, and lean the shaft forward. Let you wrists hinge slightly as you take it back, and maintain it on the way through. You want to make sure you turn your chest through the shot, let your arms come through with a descending blow, and nip a small divot.
Watch it roll out, and hopefully you’re looking at a tap-in.
Want to learn more about the bump and run? Check out this video with Tom Watson: