My latest video in association with Golf Digest Ireland features a tip for hitting difficult downhill shots near the green. It’s particularly useful for beginners and high handicap players.
The tip is simple. It’s to forget about trying a difficult chip shot if there are no hazards such as bunkers or particularly rough ground between your ball and the green. Play what we call a rescue shot instead.
In essence, you let the downward slope do the work, and allow your ball to bounce and roll along towards the hole.
My video illustrates this technique on the 12th hole at Luttrellstown Castle. The ball is in a difficult position, with the green running away from it, and water on the other side.
Attempting a chip shot could be hazardous for high handicap players. Instead, play a rescue shot:
- Think of the shot like a putt.
- Keep your hands slightly ahead of the ball as you play it.
- Forget about loft – remember you’re letting the slope do the work instead!
- Hit the ball smoothly, and follow through properly, as always.
You can see the video here:
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