Thursday, April 18, 2002

Golf tip: Use wedge from collar




The Associated Press

        This week: Hale Irwin, 25-time winner on the Senior PGA Tour, talks about working from against the collar.

        How many times have you found yourselves, after missing the green, off the putting surface but not in the long grass — rather, right up against the collar?

        Let me suggest a way to play this shot next time. Take a sand wedge and hit the ball in the middle with a putting stroke. This imparts a forward motion on the ball. Rather than trying to get under the ball, just hit it thin. Take your normal putting or chipping stance. Don't break your wrists, but let your arms swing through the ball just like a putt.

        The reason we do this is there is just too much grass behind the ball to accurately predict where the ball is going to land. Therefore, if we can eliminate the carry of the ball by rolling a putt, it will be that much easier. Remember, when the ball is up against the collar of rough, take your normal putting or chipping stance. Keep your hands firm and hit the middle of the ball with the blade of the club, just like a putt. I think you'll find much better results.

        The Enquirer is an official sponsor of the Kroger Senior Classic presented by Firstar, an official Senior PGA Tour event.
       

       



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