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The bump and run shot - Trouble Shot Tuesday #73.

The bump and run shot – Trouble Shot Tuesday #73.

The bump and run shot – Trouble Shot Tuesday #73.

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What are bump and run shots?

A bump and run shot are when you land the ball short of the green and let it run on.  You are “bumping” the ball into a slope or the fringe to allow the higher grass to slow the ball down.  This will usually occur when there is not much green to work with, and a conventional chip (landing the ball on the green) or pitch is not a viable option.

The technique of the bump and run shot.

You want to play the bump and run shot with a fairly straight-faced club like a 7 or 8 iron rather than a lob wedge or sand wedge.  This produces a much higher chance of success.  The less loft, the smaller the swing, the less margin of error.  Remember, the Golden Rule in chipping is “Fly the ball in the air as little as possible.”  If you use a lofted club, there is a danger of producing some spin, making the ball stop too soon and finish short of the green.  This will leave you with another shot to play before you get onto the green.

While watching both the PGA Tour and European Tour golf this weekend, I noticed many younger players using their lob wedges to chip.  Inevitably, they left the ball a long way short of the hole.  With that experience in mind, they would hit the next chip too hard, which resulted in the ball ending up too far past the hole.  Let’s explore a simpler solution!  Learn how to execute the bump and run shot.  I guarantee that your ball will end up closer to the hole more often. You will also hit far fewer flubs during your round. Wouldn’t that be nice!

Source: Mel Sole Golf School.

Thanks for watching – The bump and run shot – Trouble Shot Tuesday #73.

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