Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Hitting from the Wrong Side of a Tree

Whether you're right-handed or left-handed, eventually you end up needing to hit a shot from the wrong side of a tree -- you know, one of those shots where the tree is standing where you need to stand! The only solution is to hit a one-handed chip, but it's pretty hard to do, isn't it?

I found this little video over at and was incredibly pleased with it. The technique isn't really difficult; it's just not instinctive. Here, take a look:

Most of us tend to make a long full arm swing rather than a short wristy one. That's the real trick to this shot.

Also, please note that even though he's teaching it, Avoli's first practice swing sticks in the ground. Like I said, the shot's not hard but it's not instinctive either. It's going to take a little practice to (1) get used to the motion and (2) learn how hard you have to hit it. But it's a nice trick to have in your repertoire, and it might save you a shot every now and then.

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