The Ultimate Guides: Approach Shots

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Lesson 1: Iron Play

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Lesson 1:Iron Play
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OVERVIEW

Few things in golf are more frustrating than splitting the fairway with a drive and then wasting it with a poor iron shot that leads to a big number. In this video, Golf Digest Best Young Teacher Jason Birnbaum shares his best tips for hitting crisper long, middle and short iron shots that will lead to more greens in regulation and lower scores.

SWING THOUGHTS

For middle to long irons, play the ball ahead of the middle of your stance. For short irons, play it in the middle
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On iron shots, hinge your wrists early and keep your left wrist flat at the top
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Focus on a spot in front of the ball when hitting irons. This keeps your weight more forward, setting up ball-first contact
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When selecting a club for your approach, locate the trouble around the green. If it’s long, club down; if it’s short, club up.
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DRILLS

Tee in the grip

  • Stick a tee in the butt end of your club
  • On the takeaway, hinge your wrists and get the tee to point down to the ball. This gets the club on the proper plane early in the swing
  • Use this drill when hitting balls to groove crisp contact
Lesson 2:Playing from the Rough
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  • The first fundamental of recovery shots
  • How to ensure a ball-first strike
  • Why most rough shots fail
  • 4 common lies and how to handle them

The Ultimate Guides: Approach Shots

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Lesson 1: Iron Play
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Lesson 2: Playing from the Rough
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Lesson 3: Fairway Woods
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Lesson 4: Fairway Bunkers
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Lesson 5: Uneven Lies
The Ultimate Guides: Approach ShotsINDEX
Lesson 1:Iron Play
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Lesson 1: Iron Play
  • How to pre-set solid contact
  • Keys to a repeating swing
  • Avoiding the common pitfalls
  • The art of picking the right club
Lesson 2:Playing from the Rough
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Lesson 2: Playing from the Rough
  • The first fundamental of recovery shots
  • How to ensure a ball-first strike
  • Why most rough shots fail
  • 4 common lies and how to handle them
Lesson 3: Fairway Woods
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Lesson 3: Fairway Woods
  • Basics of the setup and swing
  • The challenge of these long clubs
  • Master the clean sweep
  • The most effective practice technique
Lesson 4: Fairway Bunkers
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Lesson 4: Fairway Bunkers
  • Overcome the built-in tension
  • Why thin beats fat every time
  • The single best swing thought
  • Changing your mind-set in the sand
Lesson 5: Uneven Lies
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Lesson 5: Uneven Lies
  • Adjustments for hitting it solid
  • Avoiding left and right misses
  • The mental side of playing the slopes
  • Simple reminders for the course