The Scariest Shots #3: Approach Over Water.


Some of us hate the first tee. Others hate the short pitch over a greenside bunker. Then there are those of us who hate hitting over water. This approach shot is scary for it is set-ting more than anything else. With no water, you’d probably have no problem sticking it on the green.

But the water can be intimidating. Plus, there’s the fear of losing a ball. This may seem trivial, but for many it’s the ultimate finality. And don’t forget the strokes you have to add after finding water.

Here are five keys to hitting this shot:

1.Take a couple of deep breaths

2.Locate the bottom of your swing

3.Pick an intermediate target

4.Relax your arms at address

5.Make a complete backswing

The real challenge here is overcoming your fear. Take a couple of deep breaths before addressing the ball. Slow your breathing down. If you’re really nervous, grip down on the club an inch for better control. Don’t strangle the club.

Finding the bottom of your swing arc is critical here. So take a couple of rehearsal swings to see where your swing bottoms out. Use this point as your ball position at address.

To ease the pressure, pick out an intermediate target a few feet in front of you. Take a last look at this spot. Then try to hit over it. Don’t look at the water! You fear swells up every time you do.

Golfers tend to rush their backswings when hitting over water. Instead, relax your arms just before hitting. Then make a full backswing and full finish. Focus on making a smooth, accelerating swing through the ball.

Don’t let water sink you on this shot. Engross yourself in the mechanics of the shot. To nail it, find the bottom of your swing, pick out an intermediate target, relax your arms, and make full swing to a full follow through.

BY Jack Moorehouse, the author of the best-selling book “How To Break 80 And Shoot Like The Pros”, executive producer and director of the “How To Break 80 DVD Series”. He is NOT a golf pro, rather a working man that has helped thousands of golfers from all seven continents lower their handicap immediately. He has a free weekly newsletter with the latest golf tips, golf lessons and golf instruction.

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