The last couple of days of practice have been really productive. Yesterday I worked on pitches from about 15 to 30 yards with 60 degree wedge and today I worked on bump and runs with a 9 iron from the same distance.
With the 60 degree, I worked on controlling both the distance and the trajectory. I found that to hit good shots (i.e., those that stopped within 5 feet of the hole), I really needed to control both the trajectory and the distance very well. The margin for error was pretty small. I was able to get a lot of them close, and I learned how to get better contact. That shot will be important when I have little green to work with and need some height to get over a bunker or a thick patch of rough etc.
Today I really enjoyed working on the bump and runs with the 9 iron. One of the best thing about it was that I could hit them from further off the green than I initially thought. Which gives me some confidence going into future rounds of golf. The other great thing about bump and runs is that it is a very forgiving shot. The ball doesn’t need to travel very far in the air which makes it easy to control. I also found that it was overall a very forgiving shot. I could miss my target by a yard either way and still end up with a good result.
As I said it was surprising to see how far from the green I could be and have an effective bump and run.
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