Special Golf Shots - The Short Game - Ball Against the Collar
By now you know the way to shave strokes from your golf game is to improve
your short game. Driving the ball is essential to playing well but even
the pros only hit about 65 to 70 percent of the fairways when they tee it
up. The best way to lower your scores is to focus on the short game.
Understanding that golf is comprised of many different types of shots will
help you to categorize and understand the shot that you need to hit when
you need to hit it.
One of the golf shots that can come in handy is when
golf ball rolls off the green and winds up against the collar.
When the golfball is against the collar you have two options. Either use
the putter or your wedge. You can use the leading edge of your wedgee to
try to hit the equator ( ie the middle ) of the golfball. Alternatively,
you can you use the putter by placing the ball back in your stance ( ie
back of the center - between your ankles closer to the right ankle ) so
that the face of the putter strikes the golfball with a descending below
causing the ball to pop up slightly and begin its roll towards cup. The
advantage of moving the golfball back in your stance comes from the fact
that there are fewer blades of grass between the putter face and the
golfball enabling you to provide a much more accurate stroke on the ball.
Do not forget when putting with the ball back in your stance up against
the collar if you're on the first cut you need to strike the ball slightly
firmer then if you were on the putting surface. This is because the higher
grass provides more friction and slows the ball down so you will not get
an even pace on the ball from start to finish.
Practice this shot in your local practice area. Statistics show that this
shot is needed about once per round. Knowing how to knock it close or into
the hole will save you strokes.