The trouble I’m talking about isn’t necessarily the often incredibly difficult situations that PGA Tour pros find themselves in. I’m talking about the rough mounds trees slopes and sand found on the courses that the rest of us play every day.
Then use a normal swing back and through keeping it as level as possible. Learning to control distance on this shot will take time but a little practice will go a long way toward improving your touch. Although taking on tight lies is never easy both of these very different techniques will deliver short-game gems for you.
But if you can learn to see the golf course in a slightly different way and learn to choose more appropriate targets when you’re hitting from trouble you can eliminate the majority of disastrous blow-up holes that inevitably find their way onto your scorecard.
Don’t “stroke” it. Hit a “chip-putt.” From longer range a chipping-type motion gives the shot enough gas. It’s easy: Let your arms swing down from your taller stance. (Save your “stroke” for shorter putts.)
Opt for a gap wedge instead of your sand or lob wedge. The longer shaft length on the gapper automatically provides more speed. Trust me—you need significant power on this shot.