Stacking the weight on the right side prevents your hands from swinging down the target line—a move that sends the ball straight or left. I like to feel like there's a little pressure in my left foot – maybe … I feel like my left shoulder stays in the same place through the takeaway and downswing. Address - Feel Heavy Over The Ball. You're faced with a tall tree between you and the green. This will drill into your mind exactly how to advance the ball and, hopefully, chase it on the green. The through-swing has that same wide feeling. This helps strike the ball solid. That's far less shoulder tilt than in a typical iron swing. Amateurs, on the other hand, have a tendency to rely on luck to get out of these difficult positions. You can generate a surprising amount of speed this way. Also, be mindful not to take the club back too far. To slice it, set up with your weight on the back foot and keep it there throughout the swing (below). Putting some fade on the ball will add height, too. Though I'm sure a lot of you can already hit a slice, it's helpful to be able to hit one on command and in a controlled manner. It's just a reality of golf. LOW SCOOTER Justin Rose recently figured out one of the big things that worked for him, after he says he accidentally neglected it. The situation will likely require a narrow stance, which is a good thing. You need to have an understanding of the shot you're trying to hit, and trust that adjustments to your regular swing will make the ball fly how you need it to. You've got a massive tree or rock ahead, and your only way around it is to work the ball right to left. To feel the correct movement, try the drill I'm demonstrating. You're not always going to have a clear shot into the green. The rear shoulder is lower than the front, almost like a driver stance, which will naturally shallow out the swing to promote a high shot. And let's be honest: Closing your eyes, swinging hard and hoping for the best doesn't often work out very well. With a little practice, pulling off these recovery shots will become a lot more routine. There are a lot of genuine miracles in this issue to read about, but follow my tips in this story, and you won't have to hope for your own. However, a tendency I see is that amateurs don't borrow enough with their aim when they try this shot and wind up hitting whatever obstacle they were trying to avoid. A narrow stance promotes the steep angle of attack you need to get the most out of this choppy, little swing. The one-piece takeaway is a thing of the past. To get that shot shape, hold the clubface open through impact, which adds loft. Because there's a lot of forward shaft lean, choose a club with a fair amount of loft. To pull this shot off, your swing needs to be more circular. © 2020 DISCOVERY GOLF, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, Learn these 5 recovery techniques to hit the green from anywhere, USE OF AND/OR REGISTRATION ON ANY PORTION OF THIS SITE CONSTITUTES ACCEPTANCE OF OUR. Minimize weight shift and shoulder turn to keep it under the branches. —With Keely Levins. If you touch the branch or whatever's hindering your swing, you might get flustered and flub the shot. Almost every branch is thinnest toward its end, so it's smart to cheat your aim there. Stay stacked on the front leg. To execute this low runner, take a long iron and set up with your feet in a narrow stance, the ball toward your back foot. There's usually a way to advance the ball a useful distance, no matter how awkwardly you have to swing. The main thought here is, Keep the right shoulder high. You can get over, under and around trouble, and even put your ball on the green. Also, limit shoulder turn. A hook swing needs to be more circular, and the way to do that is to change how you move your shoulders. Don't give up and take an unplayable just yet. So give yourself plenty of room to curve the ball. The way to do that is change how you turn your shoulders. Instead of chasing the clubhead low around your body as you might with a regular swing, give it a bit of a flip with your wrists as you come through. Look at the position of my hands at the top of the backswing (below). In this drill, my right hand mirrors the position of the clubface (below), which should be closing aggressively through impact to make the ball hook. Take a wide stance and play the ball forward (above). I miss fairways, the other guys on tour miss fairways, and you and your buddies miss fairways. Swing through on a flatter, more circular path and, you'll curve it around the trouble. But strike an obstacle that's a ways ahead, and there's a chance for a positive result. Hold a club across your chest, and rehearse swings so the shaft remains roughly parallel to the ground throughout (above). About 70 percent of your body weight should be on your front foot. Hit that one, and you could wind up farther from the green. It's also smart to rehearse what you're trying to do with a bunch of practice swings. As you can see in my finish, the position of the hand isn't higher than my chin. When you take the club back, feel very wide, your hands getting about as far from your torso as possible. There isn't a lot of body movement when you swing; feel your weight consistently pressing forward. In this drill, my right hand mirrors the position of the clubface (below), which should be closing aggressively through impact to make the ball hook. If you're squarely behind a tree trunk with the option to go around either side of it, this is the easier shot shape to create. I think of it in pieces: the clubhead goes first, then the hands, then the arms. If the lie is such that you can make fairly clean, ball-first contact, there's a method to getting each iron in your bag to launch like the one above it—making an 8-iron get up as quickly as your 9-iron, for example. So much of executing this shot is in the setup. When I have to keep a shot low under branches,I know it's absolutely critical to miss that first limb. Instead, let the hands exit the impact zone to the left with the clubface open, still feeling your body weight hanging back. The difference between tour pros and weekend golfers is that we have specific strategies for every situation when our path to the green is blocked—usually it's a tree, though I've encountered all sorts of large obstacles. A half an inch can mean all the difference with this shot. When you don't have space to make a shoulder turn, the power must come from quickly hinging and unhinging your wrists (below). They're high, and there's a great deal of extension. It always feels a bit unlucky to find yourself braced against a bush with little or no room to make a backswing, possibly scuffing your trousers.