Trouble Shots come in all shapes and sizes. All the various bunkers shots and sand conditions, the uneven lies, shots from heavy rough or from out of the woods leave the average everyday golfer with just a gauntlet of obstacles to overcome during a normal round of golf.
That’s a lot of the ordinary golfer to deal with don’t you think? Yet it is what comes with this game we all love. Errant shots result in difficult lies usually creating the need to execute a solid recovery shot to keep a good round going or avoid a blow up hole. Heck, sometimes even a good shot ends up in a divot or an uneven lie. While that seems unfair ( it is unfair) if you know how to deal with them these unwanted lies can result in a decent result.
So have you noticed that this years PGA Championship from the Atlanta Athletic Club is producing more trouble shots for these pros daily than you would normally see from them for an entire tournament? More or the pros are failing at their attempt to hit a recovery shot too.
For most pros hitting out of bunkers is something they never worry themselves over. Not this week. The bunkers are a real penalty for them like it is for us. I kinda like seeing that. How about you?
There is something different about this bunker sand. It seems more fluffy, to use a technical term, than what they use normally. The ball is setting down in the sand more often than not rather than up on top of it. There was a lot of mention about how they raked the sand up the slopes of the bunkers being an issue for the golfers.
Something must be different because the ball plugs on the banks rather than trickle down the slope of the bunker into the center making for a nice flat bunker lie. The kind the pros just love to see because they just blast it out up close to the pin, make the putt and move on.
That’s not happening this week though. It is a bit shocking to see the pros leave the shot in the bunker. But I’ve seen it more than once already this week. It is embarrassing to me to leave one in the bunker so I just can’t even imagine how the pros feel about doing that.
The rough this week is more of a penalty than we see most weeks. Now I know this is a major championship so the officials toughen up the course but have you seen so many pros in one week suffer from the rough as they have this week? Shots are going hard left with a hook at the PGA out this stuff. I expect to see shots like this(and do) at my home course here in North Carolina. I mean the rough is thick and lush this time of year here and therefore it exacts a stiff penalty for the overly aggressive golfer.
But I at least am use to seeing pros, save the occasional flyer, reach the green consistently from the rough. Not so this week. Where the green is protected by water the pros are dunking a higher percentage of these shots than they care to remember I’m sure. And the normal bail out into a bunker is no longer the safe shot like the pros are accustomed to. Like I mentioned above, the bunkers here are particularly punishing this week.
Is this course more narrow than most? I think not but we seeing more shot from off the course, among the trees, shrubs and what not this week. Rory McIlroy’s now famous wrist injury occurred from a lie amongst the roots where his tee ball landed in the midst of the trees on his third hole on the first day of this tournament. Steve Striker took an unplayable on Saturday from the bushes. Tiger just punching back to the fairway is an unusual site too.
Surely golf trouble shots are a part of your game too. Maybe not the part you like to talk about or even admit to but I’d be willing to bet you’ve had your share. Do you know how to make the proper adjustments for those awkward lies, buried bunker shots or any of the wide assortment of trouble situations that golf can offer? What about punching it out of the woods or what to do when your deep down in the heavy rough? Do you what to do then?
I want you to know how to overcome those unusual circumstances. Having the knowledge is more than half the battle. That’s why I want to introduce you to an ebook I have written called “How to Conquer Golf’s Trouble Shots”. This ebook was written to share with you all the knowledge and experience I gained in more than 30 years of golf. Over that time and with the help of the tips and tricks included in the ebook I have reduced my handicap from well above 30 (scoring avg of 110+) to where it is now at 14.1.
Saving strokes, several strokes, because I know what changes in set up or swing to make to gain a good result from a bad situation is what has helped me significantly to improve my scoring and reduce my handicap. I want you to enjoy that same kind of success when you are facing a trouble shot.
Please just take a second to check this out: “How to Conquer Golf’s Trouble Shots”