Golf School: Zip Your Short-Sided Shots Closer
In a recent Golf Digest article with Justin Rose he discusses what got him to hit his short-sided shots more consistently and he shares what inspired him to do-so.
We all get in the predicament of short-siding ourselves looking at a potential bunker between our ball and the hole with little green to work with. The next shot could easily be from the bunker itself or from the other side of the green if the pitch isn’t executed properly.
“Earlier this year I was struggling with my consistency on short shots around the green like you see me hitting here. My contact wasn’t great. Then one day at the Farmers Insurance Open, my coach, Sean Foley, was demo-ing the right way to hit them. He has some tattoos on the inside of his right forearm, and I noticed how they stayed skyward as he swung through the grass. One thing I was doing wrong was rolling my right forearm over too much and shutting the club-face. This was making my contact unpredictable. So when it was time to hit these shots during the tournament, I kept picturing Sean’s tattoos in my mind trying to feel like I was keeping an imaginary tattoo on my right forearm facing up.” Explains Rose.
By holding off the rotation of the right arm, Rose can zip his wedge through the grass and make the ball stop on a dime. By rolling your forearm on the downswing you end up with inconsistent contact which can lead to a dead shot in the bunker or a flier that goes yards too far.
This shot can’t be approached with solely mechanics in mind, you must get the feel of it through practice to enable great results during play.