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How to Hit Every Shot in Golf Part 2

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Lesson 1: Fairway-Wood Shot

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Good fairway-wood players have a great advantage—here’s how to become one.

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For fairway woods, play the ball forward of center in your stance
Swing the clubhead into the ball level, not up or down, on fairway-wood shots
A great visual for fairway woods is a baseball swing: a level strike
Lesson 2: Basic Iron Shot
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Lesson 2: Basic Iron Shot

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Iron play is the guts of the game. Learn to strike it pure with the irons.

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Grip down an inch on iron shots for more control over the club
With the irons, take enough club and swing with a smooth tempo
See where your practice swing bottoms out and play the ball just behind that spot
Lesson 3: Hybrid Shot
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Lesson 3: Hybrid Shot

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Get comfortable hitting the hybrid, one of the best tools in the modern player’s bag.

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No need to try to help the ball up when hitting hybrids
On hybrid shots, set up as if you were hitting a middle iron
Make a downward strike with hybrids, just like an iron shot
Lesson 4: From the Rough
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Lesson 4: From the Rough

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Playing from the rough is a reality for all golfers—here’s how to make it easy.

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Simple setup key for hitting from the rough: Put more weight on your front foot
Make your normal swing on shots from the rough; don’t try to muscle it out
Out of the rough, lean to your front side and play for a lower ball flight
Lesson 5: Fairway-Bunker Shot
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Lesson 5: Fairway-Bunker Shot

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Make these simple adjustments to avoid disasters from fairway bunkers.

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On fairway-bunker shots, play the ball farther back in your stance
In fairway bunkers, dig in your feet, choke up the same amount, and set your weight 50-50
Focus on keeping your lower body stable when hitting out of fairway bunkers
Lesson 6: The Knockdown
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Lesson 6: The Knockdown

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Good players play knockdowns not just into the wind, but for control, too. Here’s how.

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For a knockdown shot, take a club or two more than normal
Choke way down and stand closer to the ball on a knockdown shot
Adjust your setup for a knockdown–grip down, stand closer—but make your normal swing
Lesson 7: Full-Wedge Shot
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Lesson 7: Full-Wedge Shot

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Solid contact and control—not power—are the keys on wedge shots. Follow this plan.

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On wedge shots, pivot around your front side, with no shifting to your back foot
Set your weight on your front foot for wedge shots, and keep it there
Don’t try to stretch for more distance with the wedges; focus on solid contact
Lesson 8: Downhill Lie
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Lesson 8: Downhill Lie

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From a downslope, here’s how to adjust your setup and swing to accommodate the hill.

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On a downhill lie, tilt your shoulders down to match the angle of the slope
Play the ball farther back in your stance on downhill shots
Setting up to a downhill lie, drop your trail leg back to make room for the swing
Lesson 9: Uphill Lie
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Lesson 9: Uphill Lie

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From an upslope, here’s how to adjust your setup and swing to accommodate the hill.

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On an uphill lie, tilt your shoulders up to match the angle of the slope
Expect a higher shot when playing from an upslope, and club accordingly
See where your practice swing bottoms out on uphill shots and play the ball just behind that spot
Lesson 10: Ball Above Feet
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Lesson 10: Ball Above Feet

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From a sidehill lie with the ball above you, follow this simple plan to hit the ball solid.

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When the ball is above your feet, stand taller in the setup
Aim to the right when the ball is above you to counteract the tendency to hit left
Adjust your setup with the ball above your feet—stand taller, aim right—but make your normal swing
Lesson 11: Ball Below Feet
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Lesson 11: Ball Below Feet

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From a sidehill lie with the ball below you, follow this simple plan to hit the ball solid.

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When the ball is below your feet, bend from the hips more at address
In the setup with the ball below you, drop your trail leg back to make room for the swing
To hit a shot with the ball below your feet, limit body motion; make a hands-and-arms swing

How to Hit Every Shot in Golf Part 2

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Lesson 1: Fairway-Wood Shot
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Lesson 2: Basic Iron Shot
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Lesson 3: Hybrid Shot
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Lesson 4: From the Rough
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Lesson 5: Fairway-Bunker Shot
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Lesson 6: The Knockdown
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Lesson 7: Full-Wedge Shot
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Lesson 8: Downhill Lie
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Lesson 9: Uphill Lie
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Lesson 10: Ball Above Feet
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Lesson 11: Ball Below Feet
How to Hit Every Shot in Golf Part 2 INDEX
Lesson 1: Fairway-Wood Shot
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Lesson 1: Fairway-Wood Shot
Lesson 2: Basic Iron Shot
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Lesson 2: Basic Iron Shot
Lesson 3: Hybrid Shot
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Lesson 3: Hybrid Shot
Lesson 4: From the Rough
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Lesson 4: From the Rough
Lesson 5: Fairway-Bunker Shot
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Lesson 5: Fairway-Bunker Shot
Lesson 6: The Knockdown
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Lesson 6: The Knockdown
Lesson 7: Full-Wedge Shot
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Lesson 7: Full-Wedge Shot
Lesson 8: Downhill Lie
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Lesson 8: Downhill Lie
Lesson 9: Uphill Lie
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Lesson 9: Uphill Lie
Lesson 10: Ball Above Feet
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Lesson 10: Ball Above Feet
Lesson 11: Ball Below Feet
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Lesson 11: Ball Below Feet