For the first time in many years (six to be exact, but who’s counting?) there has been run on the ball. As a consequence club and shot selection has had to be adjusted, especially when playing from around the green.
However as autumn creeps ever closer it is inevitable the ground is going to get softer once again and this luxury will no longer be available.
To prepare for this and to give yourself the best opportunity of getting the ball close when playing in softer conditions here is a reminder of some adjustments required.
•The ball has to be flown further through the air as it will not bounce or run as far on landing
•Don’t confuse this with flying the ball higher as this makes distance judgment far more difficult and provides less margin for error with regards the strike
•Use a Pitching Wedge, nine iron or less lofted clubs instead of a sand or lob wedge
•Narrow the stance and play the ball back while keeping the hands in line with the inner left thigh in order to de-loft club
•Play the shot in the same way as a pitch and run although there will be little run
Other factors to remember:
•If practice swings are made ensure that the face of the club is clean and dried before playing your shot
•The drier your hands and grip the more feel and control you will have of the club
•Look for really wet areas or puddles on the green as these have to be avoided
•Mentally prepare yourself for having to hole longer putts, as well as the potential of missing on the less consistent surfaces.