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SHOT MAKERS

Nick Pelle
Senior Center Manager and Director of Instruction
GolfTEC Minnetonka

Tip Provided by Golftec of Maryland

Seve Ballesteros left us with a legacy of miraculous shots and exciting play. He was one of the greatest shot shapers ever and videos of him hitting shots from between cars and getting out of impossible lies still are watched on YouTube.

Amateur players dream of hitting shots like Tiger’s at Pebble Beach or Bubba’s driver off the deck. And in the middle of the season, it’s fun to get out and practice these shot shapes just in case you need to make the magic happen during your regular Sunday tee time. To honor Seve and the Tour players who can shape shots through trees, over the water and hit off of pine straw, we’ve highlighted four of the most famous instances of shot shaping and included tips for how you can try to hit a shot like Phil.

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The Shot:

Sergio Garcia at the 1999 PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club, blind 2nd shot from behind a tree.

How he hit it:

Sergio goes up a club to make sure he gets the ball to the green and aims his body and feet far left. This shot requires an open clubface, but he also aims clubface far left.

Sergio needs to be very aware of the tree trunk in front of him. It could have been easy for the ball to hit a tree root if not struck well and if the ball ricocheted off the tree anywhere, it could have hurt him. He focuses on swinging the club left but holding the face open for a big slice.

How you can hit it:

Start by aiming left with both your body and feet and then open the clubface. Take normal swing, making sure to impact the ball with an open clubface. By aiming left, the ball will start a bit left, but the open clubface will allow the ball to slice back to the right.

And, like Sergio, take an extra club since a slice will tend to decrease distance.

The Shot:

Bubba Watson at 2011 Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, 2nd shot on the 18th hole.

How he hit it:

This shot definitely falls into the “don’t try this at home” department. Generally, you will slice a driver when hitting it off the deck, so this shot favors Bubba since he’s a lefty.

Bubba also kept the ball below his feet to help it go left and he had to aim his shot extremely far left because of the lie, the shape of the hole and the ball flight that will be created by hitting the driver from the fairway.

Finally, he had to focus on staying down, and even hitting slightly down, through the ball to help get it up.

How you can hit it:

For right-handed golfers, having the ball below your feet will make this shot more difficult. First, try it from a flat lie, before venturing to an uneven lie. Don’t try this if the ball is sitting down. You will need a fluffy lie in the fairway.

Next, make sure you aim well left and play for the ball curving from left to right. You’ll want a minor downward hit on the ball and not the upward swing you would normally take with a driver on a tee.

The Shot:

Phil Mickelson at the 2010 Masters, 2nd shot on 13 from the pine straw.

How he hit it:

Even though the opening in the trees was small, it was still wide enough that Phil didn’t have to worry too much about hitting the tree trunks. In a way, it almost makes the shot a bit easier, because it allows him to see and frame the shot. However, the slippery pine straw required focus to keep his footing and balance during the shot.

The first contact was crucial and he knew that if he could hit the ball solidly, he would get the ball to his target.

How you can hit it:

Of all the shots, this one is the easiest to execute. The first thing to do is be aware of your balance and footing through the swing. The pine straw is loose under your feet, so keep your balance and swing in control.

Then, make sure you take enough club that you can get the ball over the hazard. This lie is very similar to a fairway bunker shot. Play the ball a tiny bit back in your stance and really focus on your first contact with the ball. If you hit the pine straw first, the ball won’t go anywhere. A crisp downward hit will get the ball there.

The Shot:

Tiger Woods at the 2010 U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach. His second shot on 18 from behind the tree.

How he hit it:

Tiger is the king of shot shaping, so despite the difficulty of the shot, it’s a shot he feels very comfortable with. He has to start the ball a bit to the left of the tree, which starts it over the ocean and then slices back to the green. Not a shot for the faint of heart.

The first key for Tiger was a very clear mental picture of the shape of the shot. That allowed him to create a swing that will work from left to right. Tiger aimed far left and took a very hard swing, but didn’t release the clubhead, which kept the clubface a bit open at impact and created the left to right ball flight. As he swung, he took the club left past impact, keeping the open face.

How you can hit it:

You want to hit an intentional slice here. So start by aiming your body to the left, but keep the clubface a bit open at address. Swing along your bodyline, but keep the clubface open at impact. The correct setup allows this to happen.

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