2010

  • Ball above feet

    Written by Rob Watts on Monday, 13 December 2010

    You’ll very rarely face a shot from a dead-flat lie and it’s not uncommon to find your ball lying on a slope above your feet. This lie will have a significant affect on the flight of your ball so it’s integral that you adjust your set-up to counteract this and ensure your ball finds the intended target. Aiming right of target...

  • Recovery Zone - Cut lob shot

    Written by Rob Watts on Friday, 9 July 2010

    When you’ve missed the green on the short side, the only way you can get close to the flag without hitting the pin is to play the high lob shot. This shot is ideal as it gets the ball up high and quickly, reducing the amount of run the ball will have on landing. Recovery Zone Instructor Rob Watts sees this shot as one...

  • Recovery Zone - Punch under a tree

    Written by Rob Watts on Friday, 9 July 2010

    An absolute must-have in your golfing armoury for when you find the trees off the tee is the punch shot. This shot enables the golfer to flight the ball low, underneath the lowest branches and running up towards the green. But how do you know which club to use? How do you play the shot successfully? All these questions will be answered...

  • Recovery Zone - Tight Lie Chip

    Written by Rob Watts on Friday, 9 July 2010

    Chipping from a tightly mown fairway can strike fear, or perhaps a fear of strike, into the amateur golfer.  The task of sliding our wedge underneath the ball seems almost impossible at address, causing us to reach for a safer, less lofted club, which may create a more consistent strike but might not be the correct play from your position beside...

  • Rough Rescue

    Written by Gareth Johnston on Friday, 2 July 2010

    The rescue club gets its name for precisely this reason. Where mid-irons fail to achieve a consistent strike and regular distance from tricky lies in the rough, rescue clubs come to the fore with their forgiving shape and clubface, making them the best choice. But you still need to apply to right technique. Otherwise you could find yourself in more trouble...

  • Rescue club par 3 tee shot

    Written by Gareth Johnston on Friday, 2 July 2010

    Long par 3s are an amateur golfer’s worst nightmare, especially when the wind is in the golfer’s face. Using long irons is never an attractive prospect – they stare back at you with their limited loft oozing difficulty. A rescue club provides a simpler alternative. The face is more forgiving, it’s just as easy to shape the ball and they offer...

  • Towering par 5 approach

    Written by Gareth Johnston on Friday, 2 July 2010

    Par 5 greens, like almost every green on golf courses today, are usually guarded by hazards at the front. They also tend to be a little smaller compared to other types of hole, making them less receptive to approach shots struck with longer clubs. With this is mind, we need to have the ability to hit long, high approach shots into par-fives to...

  • Recovery Zone - Backhanded tree trunk shot

    Written by Rob Watts on Friday, 2 July 2010

    It’s not a lie you’re faced with all too often but it’s certainly a potential card-wrecker if you’re not equipped with the required shot you need to extract yourself. Being up against a tree means you don’t have the option of using your usual stance; you need to be inventive in your recovery. In this golf video tip, TG Elite Teaching Pro...

  • Recovery Zone - Shape it around a tree

    Written by Rob Watts on Friday, 2 July 2010

    Trees provide a serene backdrop to many golf courses across the country. But they also prove to be a frustrating obstacle when it comes to hitting the green after a wayward drive! Sometimes, when the foliage is thick and the branches grow high, the only way to get around them is to have the ability to shape your ball dramatically with sidespin. In...

  • Recovery Zone – Divot Shot

    Written by Rob Watts on Friday, 25 June 2010

    There’s nothing worse than ripping a drive down the middle of the fairway only to find your ball resting in a divot. But don’t worry if you’re unlucky enough to find yourself in this situation because all is not lost. In this video tip TG Elite Teaching Pro Rob Watts shows you how to make a clean strike and make the...

  • Recovery Zone - Shot from the collar

    Written by Rob Watts on Monday, 21 June 2010

    Your approach shot into the green on a par four takes a big bounce, bounds through the green and rests up against the collar of rough that divides the rough and the fringe. It’s an especially common scenario in the summer when the greens are firm so you need to make sure you’re prepared and know how to overcome this awkward...

  • Recovery Zone - 5-wood bullet from the rough

    Written by Rob Watts on Monday, 21 June 2010

    From the rough, you’ve got a variety of clubs you could select when hitting an approach shot into a par four or five. But there’s none more versatile than a five-wood. The longer sole of the club helps the clubhead glide through the long grass while you have the option of hitting the ball high or low depending on the direction...

  • Approach Zone - Rough

    Written by Adrian Fryer on Thursday, 3 June 2010

    Just because your rescue club says rescue on it, doesn’t mean it’s able to rescue you from every situation on the golf course! In some cases, like this one our Approach Zone Instructor Adrian Fryer finds himself in here, less is definitely more. By ditching your rescue and pulling your eight-iron, you can often still achieve the same distances, if not more!...

  • Grass bank rescue shot

    Written by Nick Clemens on Friday, 14 May 2010

    When the green you are approaching is surrounded by a grass bank, you'd think it would increase the margin for error. Should you miss the green on the side with the mound, the slope should feed the ball back to the pin. But sometimes, when the grass is especially long, your ball can get stuck on the slope, leaving you with what seems an...

  • The rescue pop shot

    Written by Gareth Johnston on Wednesday, 28 April 2010

    It can be a frustrating feeling to see your ball nestled down in the rough when you’ve only just missed the green with your approach shot. Sometimes, trying to use a lofted wedge can be an option that risks catching too much grass between club and ball, making distance control almost impossible. So next time you find yourself in this position, try...

  • Flop shot over water

    Written by Nick Clemens on Friday, 23 April 2010

    When faced with a short carry over water, you need to ensure you achieve two things: height and distance. You need the height to be able to hold the green and you need the distance to make sure you don't need to go fishing your ball out of the pond with your ball retriever! TG Elite Teaching Pro Nick Clemens has some...

  • Escape from the trees!

    Written by Gareth Johnston on Thursday, 15 April 2010

    You've hooked your tee shot and found the trees on the left hand side. Making par is impossible from here, yes? No! Even if you've got a tree directly in your line, you can still get your ball on or near the green by learning how to hit it low and with shape. In this golf video tip, TG Elite Teaching...

  • TG'S TIP OF THE WEEK!

    Written by Steven Orr on Thursday, 25 February 2010

    When you're ball is sitting down in the rough, it can be frustrating to consider that you might not be able to reach the green in regulation because of it. But with a minor adjustment to your swing, you can gain those extra precious yards from a desperate lie and two-putt your way to an easy par. The key is to take the...

  • TG'S TIP OF THE WEEK!

    Written by Steven Orr on Thursday, 25 February 2010

    When you're ball is sitting down in the rough, it can be frustrating to consider that you might not be able to reach the green in regulation because of it. But with a minor adjustment to your swing, you can gain those extra precious yards from a desperate lie and two-putt your way to an easy par. The key is to take the...

  • Chip from the collar

    Written by Nick Clemens on Friday, 22 January 2010

    Everybody craves backspin in their approach shots just like the pros on Tour but when it comes at an unwanted time, when you haven’t got enough club or a gust of wind blows out of the blue, you will often find yourself up against the collar of rough at the side of the green. Playing a normal chip shot brings the...

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