|Can you handle this or will it handle you?|
At SMU, we spend some time practicing for imperfect shots. Here was one of our practice drills this week.
In the short game area, set balls at 50, 75 and 100 yards from one of the greens. Use different clubs (examples: 7 iron, 5 iron, 3 wood) in your bag to punch the ball so it stays low and rolls onto the green. Imagine there is a tree in front of you or some other object obstructing your path to the hole.
|Country Club of Lincoln, Lincoln, NE|
It was actually a lot of fun and many of the players had never used their 3 wood or any wood to hit punch shots, so it was also brand new. The best thing about golf is that you are always learning and adding shots to your game. We did a little of that this week and we prepared for the worst. Because of our preparation, we will more easily rise to the challenges we might face when we play the Country Club of Lincoln next week at the University of Nebraska. It is a classic course that has beautiful tree lined fairways. We will do a little more preparation next week to get ready for some of the short game shots we will face, especially bunkers.
Next time you go out to practice, find an area to practice your punch shots and learn to control your distance so you can put yourself in perfect position to score when you need it the most.
|Control your trajectory and distance from this position to give yourself a chance at par.|