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How to Hit Every Shot in Golf Part 4

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Lesson 1: Collection Area

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When your ball rolls into a closely mown collection area, pick from these three options.

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From a collection area, you can roll the ball to the green with a fairway wood
You can bounce the ball onto the green from a collection area with a 9-iron chip
From a collection area, you can fly the ball to the green with a lofted wedge
Lesson 2: On a Green Bank
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Lesson 2: On a Green Bank

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If you’re hung up on a grassy upslope, just off the green, you need a simple plan.

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On an upslope to the green, remember the loft of the hill will increase trajectory
Lean into the slope on an uphill lie around the green
Use the image of trapping the ball at impact when hitting from an uphill lie
Lesson 3: Half In, Half Out
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Lesson 3: Half In, Half Out

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With your ball in the sand but your feet out, you need to make some adjustments.

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When you’re standing outside a bunker, playing a ball that’s in, flex your knees more and flare your feet
With the ball in but your feet out, be sure to keep your spine leaning toward the target
Ball in sand, feet out: Focus on turning and hinging, then releasing the club through
Lesson 4: Against the Collar
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Lesson 4: Against the Collar

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What to do when your ball rolls through the fringe and against the rough? Try this.

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With your ball against the rough collar, pick a wedge, but play it like a putt
To avoid getting snagged in the rough, raise the clubhead to the ball’s equator
With a short putting motion, hit the equator of the ball with the club’s leading edge
Lesson 5: Short-Side Chip
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Lesson 5: Short-Side Chip

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Missing the green close to the hole presents a tough little chip. Here’s how to handle it.

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For the short-side chip, lean your body toward the hole but your shaft away from it
On short chips, don’t be afraid to use a soft wrist action
When chipping from the short side, try to brush the grass with the bounce on the club’s sole
Lesson 6: Off-Green Putt
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Lesson 6: Off-Green Putt

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When you’re on the fringe, you’re getting close to the hole, but good strategy still matters.

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From the fringe, putting is almost always the smart choice
On off-green putts, make a rhythmic stroke and release the head through
To putt through the fringe, make a tiny scoop at impact to add a little loft
Lesson 7: The Long Lag
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Lesson 7: The Long Lag

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The quality of your lag putting leads to either two-putts or three-putts. Use these tips to make it two.

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On long putts, walk along the line and gather information with your feet
Read the grain of the grass on long putts: Light color is with the grain; dark is against
Swing the putterhead freely for more hitting power on long putts
Lesson 8: Pressure Putt
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Lesson 8: Pressure Putt

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We all face putts where the tension level goes up, which is fine. The key is having a strategy to deal with the stress.

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On pressure putts, visualize your intended roll
To reduce tension, have a swing thought, like making a forward press
When you stroke a pressure putt, trust it and let it go
Lesson 9: The Short Putt
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Lesson 9: The Short Putt

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Is anything in golf more frustrating than missing a short putt? Here’s how to make them.

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On short putts, squeeze the grip with the last two fingers of your top hand to make the putterhead move back
Don’t move the grip back on short putts; just swing the putterhead
Hit your short putts by letting the putterhead swing and tap the ball—no extra effort needed

How to Hit Every Shot in Golf Part 4

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Lesson 1: Collection Area
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Lesson 2: On a Green Bank
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Lesson 3: Half In, Half Out
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Lesson 4: Against the Collar
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Lesson 5: Short-Side Chip
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Lesson 6: Off-Green Putt
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Lesson 7: The Long Lag
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Lesson 8: Pressure Putt
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Lesson 9: The Short Putt
How to Hit Every Shot in Golf Part 4 INDEX
Lesson 1: Collection Area
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Lesson 1: Collection Area
Lesson 2: On a Green Bank
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Lesson 2: On a Green Bank
Lesson 3: Half In, Half Out
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Lesson 3: Half In, Half Out
Lesson 4: Against the Collar
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Lesson 4: Against the Collar
Lesson 5: Short-Side Chip
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Lesson 5: Short-Side Chip
Lesson 6: Off-Green Putt
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Lesson 6: Off-Green Putt
Lesson 7: The Long Lag
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Lesson 7: The Long Lag
Lesson 8: Pressure Putt
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Lesson 8: Pressure Putt
Lesson 9: The Short Putt
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Lesson 9: The Short Putt