Rescue Shots

  • Get steep into impact to get out of heavy rough’

    Wednesday 28 February 2018

    Brandon Stone: ‘Get steep into impact to extricate yourself from heavy rough’ Every golfer hits the ball into the thick rough sometimes. The type of shot you play to recover is dependent on the lie – sometimes you can get lucky and be able to get to the back of the ball, but more often than not it’ll be buried with loads...

  • Get out of the greenside rough

    Saturday 4 November 2017

    How to hit a shot when you’re stuck in greenside rough and have no green to work with In an ideal world we would always miss the green on the side opposite to where the pin is cut, giving us room to run the recovery shot up to the pin. But golf being golf, we can find ourselves short-sided, and often...

  • How to hit under low branches

    Monday 14 August 2017

    When you find yourself in the trees needing to hit a low shot under some branches, use these key tips to execute it every time. In this scenario we need the ball to come out low. Keeping the ball down is all about using your set-up and delivery of the club to keep loft off the clubface, but it’s also vital...

  • Escape plan: One handed chip

    Monday 14 August 2017

    What to do when you’re up against a tree trunk or in a difficult position with absolutely no shot – unless you use a one handed chip facing against your target The one-handed chip with your back to the target looks like a specialist shot – and many people wouldn’t dare to attempt it. But in truth, it’s actually quite a...

  • Hit out of an awkward greenside downslope

    Monday 14 August 2017

    Escape shot: Hot to hit a shot when you’re on a greenside downslope It’s very easy for an of ine approach to get caught up on a grassy bank, leaving an awkward downhill lie for your recovery. In this situation, your lead foot much lower than your trail, you become hyper-aware the ball will shoot out forwards instead of up and...

  • How to draw it around an obstacle

    Monday 14 August 2017

    Learn how to hit a sweeping draw around an obstacle to the green With some 85% of club golfers playing with some sort of cut, the need to draw the ball around a tree or other obstacle (right-to-left curve for right-handers) is an often uncomfortable option. But with some key set-up changes and a stronger concept of how to apply draw...

  • How to escape thick rough

    Tuesday 13 June 2017

    Escape Plan: Learn a technique to cheat thick greenside rough  Fault: Getting the club head snagged in problematic as more force is needed to thick rough Fix: Create a steep attack… and maintain wrist hinge. The one bad thing about the return of the sun is that the rough starts to thicken up. Routine greenside rough escapes suddenly become more get the club...

  • Improve your hybrid play

    Saturday 9 August 2014

    Using a visual aid can help your hybrid play and Gareth Johnston shows you in our video how putting some sand in front of your ball can show if you’re striking the ball with a downward blow. Take a look for more detail.

  • How to hit out a divot

    Written by Chris Ryan on Wednesday 19 December 2012

    In this video TG Elite Teaching Professional Chris Ryan shows you how to hit out of divots. He starts by moving his ball position to compensate for the ball sitting lower than it usually would. He then makes his spine angle more neatural, which also helps move the handle forward, to help you dig the ball out at impact. Finally Chris changes his...

  • Video Tips: Brandt Snedeker On Hybrids

    Written by Brandt Snedeker on Thursday 1 November 2012

    Fed-Ex Cup champion Brandt Snedeker has enjoyed his best season to date, and as he prepared to try and add another big win to his season in China, he spoke to TG columnist Andrew Cotter. During the video below, filmed by WGC Champions sponsor HSBC, Snedeker shares his tips on how to attack long par-3s with a hybrid:...

  • Perfect the flop shot

    Written by James Ridyard on Friday 10 August 2012

    The flop shot is one of the scariest shots in golf for the average club player and unless you’ve got a bit of the Phil Micklesons about you then you’re likely to struggle to get down in two. But help is at hand from our TG Elite Pro James Ridyard. He’s found himself greenside, in a fluffy lie, with the flag cut...

  • Grip change for a flop shot

    Written by Lee Scarbrow on Friday 22 June 2012

    When short-sided around the green, it’s important we have the requisite shot in our locker to hit our next shot close and give ourself an easy putt for par. That shot is usually the flop shot, allowing the ball to launch high and stop on landing. To play it successfully, it’s a good idea to strengthen the left hand grip as...

  • Chipping from a downslope

    Written by Adrian Fryer on Friday 14 October 2011

    The banks that feed into bunkers usually slope downwards, making any chip shot from this lie over the sand a difficult prospect. In this video tip, TG Elite Pro Adrian Fryer highlights three key adjustments you need to make to your set-up and swing in order to execute this shot successfully.

  • Master the 10-yard flop shot

    Written by Rob Watts on Thursday 24 February 2011

    Golfers are always taught to accelerate the clubhead when playing the flop shot from a tight spot beside the green. But often, this reduces the amount of control you have meaning your judgment of distance suffers. As TG Elite Pro Rob Watts explains in this golf video tip, the key to getting your ball close from the short side is swing...

  • Ball above feet

    Written by Rob Watts on Monday 13 December 2010

    You’ll very rarely face a shot from a dead-flat lie and it’s not uncommon to find your ball lying on a slope above your feet. This lie will have a significant affect on the flight of your ball so it’s integral that you adjust your set-up to counteract this and ensure your ball finds the intended target. Aiming right of target...

  • Recovery Zone – Cut lob shot

    Written by Rob Watts on Friday 9 July 2010

    When you’ve missed the green on the short side, the only way you can get close to the flag without hitting the pin is to play the high lob shot. This shot is ideal as it gets the ball up high and quickly, reducing the amount of run the ball will have on landing. Recovery Zone Instructor Rob Watts sees this shot as one...

  • Recovery Zone – Punch under a tree

    Written by Rob Watts on Friday 9 July 2010

    An absolute must-have in your golfing armoury for when you find the trees off the tee is the punch shot. This shot enables the golfer to flight the ball low, underneath the lowest branches and running up towards the green. But how do you know which club to use? How do you play the shot successfully? All these questions will be answered...

  • Recovery Zone – Tight Lie Chip

    Written by Rob Watts on Friday 9 July 2010

    Chipping from a tightly mown fairway can strike fear, or perhaps a fear of strike, into the amateur golfer.  The task of sliding our wedge underneath the ball seems almost impossible at address, causing us to reach for a safer, less lofted club, which may create a more consistent strike but might not be the correct play from your position beside...

  • Rough Rescue

    Written by Gareth Johnston on Friday 2 July 2010

    The rescue club gets its name for precisely this reason. Where mid-irons fail to achieve a consistent strike and regular distance from tricky lies in the rough, rescue clubs come to the fore with their forgiving shape and clubface, making them the best choice. But you still need to apply to right technique. Otherwise you could find yourself in more trouble...

  • Rescue club par 3 tee shot

    Written by Gareth Johnston on Friday 2 July 2010

    Long par 3s are an amateur golfer’s worst nightmare, especially when the wind is in the golfer’s face. Using long irons is never an attractive prospect – they stare back at you with their limited loft oozing difficulty. A rescue club provides a simpler alternative. The face is more forgiving, it’s just as easy to shape the ball and they offer...

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