You’re driving down the fairway, teeing off or preparing to tee off on one of the most important shots of your round. Suddenly, you notice a bush directly in your line of sight and you wonder if there’s any way you can play the shot around or over it. Do you pull out and retie your shot or press on toward the cup?
What if I told you there was a way you could play the shot, keep your original lie and still have a long and accurate shot?
This scenario is something that nearly all golfers experience from time to time. Whether it’s a sudden thicket of foliage, or a strategically placed branch that catches the eye, there’s always the possibility of losing a shot if you don’t know how to react appropriately. In this article, I’ll fill you in on the fundamentals of an appropriate golf reaction to a thorn in the side and offer some practical advice on how to choose your lie angle on a golf club.
Understand The Situation
The first thing you need to do in this situation is to make sure that you understand exactly what’s going on. If there’s no clear line of sight, it could be that the shot you’re planning to play is actually longer than you think. You might want to consider an alternative shot. However, if the bush is actually in your line of sight and you feel that you cannot easily play around it, then there’s no choice but to take a hit. Just remember what your golf teacher always told you: It’s better to try and fail than to never try at all.
Choose The Right Club
Now that you know what’s going on and what you should do about it, it’s time to choose the proper tool for the job. If a thorn in the foot is really in your way, then you will need a club designed for taking the hit. Now, don’t get me wrong, any club will do, but not all of them are made equal. Some clubs are better suited than others for knocking down certain thorn trees. We’ll discuss some of the key factors that you need to keep in mind when choosing this crucial piece of golf equipment.
The first and most obvious factor to consider when choosing a club is the length. You’ll want to pick a club that’s going to be long enough to reach the base of the thorn tree if it’s located at the back of the hole and far enough forward to allow you to clear it if it’s in front of the hole. Make sure that you check the guidelines before buying a club, as some golf courses have specific restrictions on the maximum length that you can bring a club along with you. These restrictions are in place to protect the other golfers as much as possible, so always play by the rules and obey the laws.
Another crucial factor to consider when choosing a club is the weight. Just like the length of the club, the weight of the club is also going to be governed by the rules and regulations of the golf course. Generally, the lighter the better, as excessively heavy clubs can cause excessive wear and tear on the golf ball. Of course, you can always choose a thicker club if you really want to smash the thorn. Just make sure that you’re aware of how you’re going to need to weight the club to get the best performance out of it.
One more thing you need to consider when choosing a club is the angle. The angle is going to govern the way the clubface interacts with the ball. You want to pick a club with a high degree of angle to get the best performance out of it, however, if you’re planning to hit the ball far, then you might want to consider getting a more open angle club.
As you can see, there’s a lot that goes into choosing a club. Just remember these key factors and you’re sure to pick out the perfect tool for the job. From there, you just have to practice with it to get used to its feel and weight and start nailing those long drives you’ve been practicing with.