Perfect the Bump and Run

Perfect the Bump and Run

Posted on August 28, 2015

I love The Old Course at St Andrews because the conditions there often reveal who the best and most creative short game players really are. Learning to use the natural contours, slopes, and architectural oddities found on links courses has helped many a Tour player become a more skilled and knowledgeable golfer. And learning these skills can help you, too.

I will always remember watching players on the par-4 17th at St Andrews, the famous Road Hole, during the 1990 Open Championship. I noticed that most of the American players flew their approaches into the green with high trajectory only to watch their balls careen over the putting surface and often into the stone wall behind the green, usually spoiling their chances for par. Then I would watch the British and Scottish pros hit these little half-swing 3 iron bump-and-run shots that would chase up on or toward the firm putting surface, allowing them routine par saves or birdie opportunities...

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