How To Add Versatility To Your Golf Shots

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In the game of golf, no two shots are alike. Uphill, downhill, into the wind, and shooting over water can all be factors when considering your next shot type. When asked what they hit from 150 yards, great players will not have an exact answer. They have learned to hit a variety of clubs a specific distance based on the situation they are facing.

Unfortunately, many of us look only at the distance and ask ourselves, “What club do I need to hit that distance?”


Start on The Range

A great way to increase your options on the course is hitting shots to a specific distance on the range with different clubs. My students perform a drill by hitting 10 shots with 4 different clubs to the 150-yard target.  They quickly learn two important things:

  1. Controlling the length of their swing to affect the distance the ball will go.
  2. Seeing how the different clubs produce the same result despite the shot looking different.

You can continue this drill with longer and shorter yardages. Don’t feel stuck at the tee box either. Dedicate a portion of your range time to the short game area, if your range has it. Hit shots in the bunker and from the rough using different clubs. Practice sidehill lies too. Figure out how a 5 iron works with the ball below your feet versus 9 iron. Should your range not have a short game area, go to an empty end and practice. Remember to exercise caution when doing this. Your day gets ruined quickly after getting hit with a golf ball!

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Take It To The Course

Once you have a better understanding of how to be creative with your shot making, you are ready for the course!  That long bunker shot, escaping tall fescue or shot around a tree will not have the same effect on you as it previously did. This confidence and ability will help lower your score in no time!

You Got This!

With practice, you will be able to better hit the needed shot in any the situation that you find yourself in.

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Rudi Fann, PGA

Rudi Fann has been a Class “A” member of the PGA of America since 2008. He began his career in 1998 as the Assistant Golf Professional at Wake Forest Golf Club in Wake Forest, NC. In 2002, Rudi accepted a similar position at Rio Mar Country Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. He spent a year there before moving to Nipomo, CA where he worked at Blacklake Golf Resort. Over the next 10 years, he worked his way from Assistant Golf Professional to Head Golf Professional and finally Director of Golf Operations. In his time at Blacklake, Rudi devoted much of his time to running tournaments and other activities in order to create a social atmosphere at the club. After Blacklake, Rudi spent one year as Head Golf Professional at Paso Robles Golf Club before deciding to return home to North Carolina. Since returning to North Carolina, Rudi has worked with the First Tee of the Triangle helping to instill life skills and core values through the game of golf to local youth.

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