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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Rick Shiels's Indispensible Short Game Shot (Video)

Rick Shiels posted this short video about a shot I have championed for years on this blog. He explains why you need it and -- best of all -- how to do it properly, all in less than three minutes.

I agree with Rick that, while you can use a 9-iron for this shot (and on occasion, a 7-iron or even a pitching wedge will do the job), the 8-iron is most often the best choice for the very reasons he gives. The "sweep stroke" gives you a tremendous amount of control while 8-iron loft is a good balance between getting the ball up in the air without putting a lot of backspin on it.

Let me add one other thing which Rick doesn't mention. If you look carefully you'll notice that the balls are sitting down very slightly in the rough. As long as the ball has settled less than a third of the way down into the grass -- which means it's mostly sitting on top of the rough -- there's a great chance this shot will give you great results. (Hey, every shot has its limitations!)

If you don't already know and use this stroke, do yourself a favor and learn it. It's amazing how easy it is to learn and use.

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