I spent 2-hours this afternoon working on my approach shots from 80-yards in. Our club has a terrific practice area designed for every aspect of the game. The short game area has a double green, multiple bunkers, and 100-yards of lush fairway. I dropped balls at 30-yards to 80-yards and used my 52* and 56* wedges from a variety of yardages within this range. The wind picked up as I was practicing, so I added flighting to my practice session. Here's what I discovered: if I play the ball in the middle of my stance and take my normal, controlled swing for the given yardage, the ball flies relatively high. However, if I keep the same ball position but move in a little closer to the ball, the ball flies considerably lower. If I lower my a hands a touch, as well, the flight is even lower. I do not know why this works for me, but it does. Time and again I'd hit a ball from my normal set up, then hit another by moving in a little and the ball flight was lower. Not only lower, but my accuracy improved and the ball had plenty of juice on the green. These distances are the weakest part of my game. Have I found the holy grail? Why does it work? Will it work under pressure? Time will tell, but today's results have me very excited.
I learned something new today!
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