How To Hit Different Shots

by Jordan J. Caron on October 3, 2012

Leave your playing partners looking like this after you learn how to escape for impossible spots on the course

Seve Ballesteros and Phil Mickelson.

I’m sure you’ll agree both are legends.

They played the game with the same approach. The go for broke, find it, hit it again, no shot is too difficult approach.

Bubba Watson plays the same. He bombs it, finds it and hits it again. Screw hitting fairways is his attitude.

Over the last few years I have switched my approach to this. It makes the game more fun and it allows me to be creative. Like an artist creating a piece of work.

I highly suggest you try it too. Doing so will allow you to escape for terrible places on the course like Andy Dufresne escaped from prison in The Shawsh*** Redemption.

But first you need to learn how to hit different golf shots. Doing so will help your game so much better than working on hitting the same shot, the elusive straight ball.

Let me explain why trying to hit every shot straight is flawed.

The Back Asswards Approach

It boggles my mind. All golfers really have it backwards.  Their working their tale of trying to hit the ball straight.At the range everyone is trying to hit it high and straight.

Are you this golfer? If so it’s time to change your approach.

Here’s why.

Chasing the straight shot can take a lifetime for some. That along with hundreds of dollars in lessons and training aids. How often do you actually need to hit a dead straight shot? Not that often really.

Think about it. Chances are you hit the ball offline more than you hit it straight. But since your busy on the range trying to hit it straight. you have no clue how to hit a recovery shot.

So you’re screwed when you get behind a tree or have a bad lie in the rough. You don’t learn how to hit these shots on the range in a lesson. Nope. Instead it’s all about hitting the straight one.

So instead of working on your weakness, work on how to recover from that weakness. This will require less time. And since you’re probably in the trees and rough more than the fairway, you should learn how to play from those areas.

In doing so you’ll learn how to play a variety of different shots. This will help your scoring and scrambling ability.

You’ll also piss off your playing partners! “How did you get that out of there?” is what they’ll be asking you.

Much like how Bubba was able to escape from the trees left of #10 at Augusta to hit this shot.

Louis Oosthuizen no doubt thought he was in great position to win the green jacket considering where Bubba was. But after Bubba hit that shot he knew he was screwed.

As a side note, do you let what your playing partners get to you? You shouldn’t because you can’t control what they do. So learn from Rory Mcilroy on how to focus on things you can control.

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Jordan J. Caron

Jordan J. Caron is a former Canadian PGA Class A member who still wants to help golfers shoot better scores. He is also the President of Meaningful Marketing. In his downtime he likes to read, play squash and drink wine.

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Adam from Victoria Oil Change September 2, 2013 at 10:52 AM

This is like the focus on your strengths and not weaknesses approach. Quite the eye opening approach, thanks Jordan!


Todd from Victoria Real Estate Agent September 13, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Growing up I always enjoyed learning how to hit different shots. Hitting massive hooks and slices is a great way for anyone to learn and gain awareness.


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