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How To Play A Water Hazard
"The best way to play a water hazard is to ignore it."
Executing a successful golf shot over a water hazard is a common complaint
and a couple of suggestions come to mind. One of them is to simply avoid playing
any courses with water hazards.
This is a natural reaction as in most round ball sports or games in order to
get a ball "up and over" something we must lift it.
When facing something like a water hazard, where we want the ball to get up and over, we instinctively feel this need to lift and automatically do it.
However, when we lift, we lift all of the club including the clubface and head, which then hits only the upper portion of the ball, resulting in a topped shot.
Consequently, a topped shot goes downward and directly into the water.
When you do this, you actually drive the clubhead down under the ball and the
lofted clubface lifts the ball up and over the water.
Once you successfully do this, you will know it works, and your fear of water
hazards will stop.
Pat Dolan, Golf Professional, specialized in teaching for over 42 years. He
graduated from the second P.G.A. school in January 1958. He wrote "How to Turn
Bogeys Into Birdies" (c)1988" and "The Worlds Greatest Golf Teacher" (c)1994.
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