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How to Hit Every Shot in Golf Part 3

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Lesson 1: 40-Yard Shot

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Here’s how to make the dreaded half-wedge shot a strength in your game.

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On partial wedge shots, keep tabs on tension in your wrists and arms
Make sure you turn your body in sync with your arms when hitting wedges
On wedge swings, let the weight of the clubhead hinge your wrists back and through
Lesson 2: The Bump-and-Run
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Lesson 2: The Bump-and-Run

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Short pitches from firm fairways can be terrifying shots. Use the bump-and-run instead.

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To play a bump-and-run, select an 8- or 9-iron
The bump-and-run is a putting motion with a short iron
With no trouble to carry, bounce the ball short of the green, and get it rolling right away
Lesson 3: Pitch from Rough
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Lesson 3: Pitch from Rough

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If you miss the green left or right, you’ll be in the rough. Try these keys for getting out.

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When pitching from heavy grass, grip tighter with the last two fingers of your top hand
Widen your stance and open the clubface on pitch shots from the rough
The key to getting out of greenside rough is to commit to accelerating through the shot
Lesson 4: 10-Yard Shot
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Lesson 4: 10-Yard Shot

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From in front of the green, putting can work, but depending on the grass, chipping might be better.

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On basic chip shots, play the ball back in your stance
In the chipping setup, push your weight and your hands toward the target
When you chip, focus on swinging the middle of the face into the back of the ball
Lesson 5: The Lob Shot
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Lesson 5: The Lob Shot

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The lob shot is fun to watch but, traditionally, tough to hit. Here’s an easier way.

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To hit a lob, play the ball off the club’s toe and open the clubface
With the lob shot, keep the swing smooth back and through
At impact on a lob, let the club’s toe hit the ground for more loft and bounce
Lesson 6: Bunker Shot
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Lesson 6: Bunker Shot

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Most amateurs have a thing—and not a good thing—about sand. Lose your fear here.

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Play the ball forward in your stance on a greenside bunker shot
In greenside sand, dig in your feet for stability
Bunker concept: The clubhead digs and throws sand; the ball acts like a grain of sand
Lesson 7: The Buried Lie
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Lesson 7: The Buried Lie

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You might not get them often, but buried lies can lead to big numbers. Use this technique.

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To escape a buried lie, lean to your front side
The more buried the ball, the more you close the clubface at address
On buried lies, hit behind the ball firmly with the clubface closed
Lesson 8: Long Bunker Shot
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Lesson 8: Long Bunker Shot

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Sometimes your standard bunker blast won’t get you to the green. That’s when you need this shot.

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To hit a long bunker shot, take a club with less loft, like a pitching wedge
On long bunker shots, dig in your feet and set your weight on your front side
Make your normal bunker swing on longer shots—just add more club

How to Hit Every Shot in Golf Part 3

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Lesson 1: 40-Yard Shot
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Lesson 2: The Bump-and-Run
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Lesson 3: Pitch from Rough
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Lesson 4: 10-Yard Shot
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Lesson 5: The Lob Shot
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Lesson 6: Bunker Shot
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Lesson 7: The Buried Lie
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Lesson 8: Long Bunker Shot
How to Hit Every Shot in Golf Part 3 INDEX
Lesson 1: 40-Yard Shot
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Lesson 1: 40-Yard Shot
Lesson 2: The Bump-and-Run
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Lesson 2: The Bump-and-Run
Lesson 3: Pitch from Rough
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Lesson 3: Pitch from Rough
Lesson 4: 10-Yard Shot
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Lesson 4: 10-Yard Shot
Lesson 5: The Lob Shot
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Lesson 5: The Lob Shot
Lesson 6: Bunker Shot
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Lesson 6: Bunker Shot
Lesson 7: The Buried Lie
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Lesson 7: The Buried Lie
Lesson 8: Long Bunker Shot
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Lesson 8: Long Bunker Shot