Golf Lessons: Obstacles Washington DC

You’ll discover the need to hit over an obstacle—tree, fence, even a scoreboard—during the course of an everyday round. And while amateurs fear the shot, pros know that only a few setup adjustments can fuel success

University of Maryland Junior Golf Camp
(301) 403-4181
University of Maryland Golf Course
College Park, MD
 
4 Star Summer Camps at the University of Virginia
(800) 334-7827
PO Box 3387
Falls Church, VA
 
Turfgrass Trends
1775 T Street NW
Washington, DC
 
East Potomac Golf Course
(202) 554-7660
972 Ohio Dr SW
Washington, DC
 
East Potomac Public Golf Course -Blue
202/554-7660
970 Ohio Dr Sw
Washington , DC
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University of Maryland Golf Course
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(800) 334-7827
PO Box 3387
Falls Church, VA
 
Landscape Architecture Magazine 
(202) 686-2752
4401 Connecticut Avenue
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Ft. Mcnair Golf Course
202/685-3138
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Fort Mcnair , DC
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Conquer Obstacles

Conquer Obstacles

Take the high route over what's between you and your target


Conquer Obstacles Many golfers have difficulty in hitting a high-trajectory shot when they have to. A reason for this inability is a ball position that’s too far back in the stance. This makes varying the trajectory of your shots nearly impossible. To improve, find a spot on the range that has an upslope and practice hitting shots with the ball forward in your stance. Concentrate on keeping your body behind the ball throughout the swing, and you should see your trajectory improve right away. The lob wedge is one of the best tools for hitting utility shots around the course. Though improving your faulty ball position should be your goal, putting a lofted wedge in your bag is a quick and easy way to make hitting the ball over obstacles a reality.

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High Hopes

High Hopes

High Hopes You’ll discover the need to hit over an obstacle—tree, fence, even a scoreboard—during the course of an everyday round. And while amateurs fear the shot, pros know that only a few setup adjustments can fuel success.

Imagine, if you will. You’re faced with a 25-yard lob shot from the rough over a tree to a tight green. If you get it close and make the putt, not only will you shoot the best score of your life, you’ll pick up the carried-over Nassau and take the pot. Are you nervous just thinking about this scenario? Most golfers are, and when fear or anxiety creep into one’s golf game, a slew of bad things can happen. The heart rate elevates, adrenaline streams into the bloodline and mentally, fundamentals are thrown out the window. Often, players then try to force a shot, or employ the classic “hit-and-hope” technique, praying to high heaven for an even decent result.

Touring professionals approach the same shot with fervor for the dramatic, however. Instead of being consumed with fear, they approach the shot with confidence, knowing that if they do get up and down, not only will they win, but a surefire recap on SportsCenter is bound to follow.

Why is that?
One of the key reasons Tour pros have more success from this range than the good amateur player is they have complete confidence in their swing fundamentals. They instinctively know how to address the ball, swing and followthrough. The only variable they’re concerned with is getting the ball over that tree, whereas it’s not uncommon to find amateur players more perplexed with ball position and clubface angles than the task at hand. To help you clear your mind and start concentrating on the actual shot and not shot mechanics, let’s look at a few fundamentals and a technique I like to use to get your mind off your swing and on the shot.

First, find a tree, or other obstacle around a green, or even a tall bench or picnic umbrella in your backyard. In my case, I’ve taken it to the extreme, using the Bay Hill scoreboard. Choke down on the grip and address the ball with an open stance, aiming your feet approximately 30 degrees more open than normal. As for ball position, play the ball in the middle of your stance. Position most of your body weight on your back foot, and align your body left of the target as well. Now comes the tricky part. When you address the ball, align the clubface directly square to the target, and position your hands directly above the ball. Voila! This is the proper position. Most amateurs fault by addressing the ball too square and instead open the face, thus causing skulled, fat or sometimes shanked shots.

The key to hitting this shot is to remember to take the club back along your body, even if that means approaching the ball on an outside-in path on the downswing. With a smooth motion and steady acceleration, maintain the bulk of your weight on your rear foot and allow your hands to release through the ball while still holding the...

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