A student recently asked me about varying his shots around the green and improving his scoring.
Often times in Florida you will have run off areas just off the green. These areas are mounded and have short grass. Sometimes the standard wedge shot is not the shot to hit because the pin is too close to the edge of the green. In this case, the bump and run shot is the shot to try.
Use a middle lofted club, either a 5, 6 or 7 iron to hit this shot. Sometimes a fairway metal is the best club choice. Play the ball back in your stance with your weight left. Your hands should be ahead of the ball at address. Now, just take a short swing and hit down on the ball. The ball should hit the bank and then trickle onto the green.
This is a feel shot, but it is sure to save you strokes.
Dr. Jim Suttie, the 2000 PGA Teacher of the Year, is director of instruction at The Club at TwinEagles in North Naples and at Cog Hill Golf Club in Lemont, Ill. His new book is "Your Perfect Swing" and is available at bookstores and at amazon.com. He also is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher and rated No. 15 by Golf Digest. Suttie coaches the FGCU men's golf team. E-mail him at email@example.com