Many golfers lose way to many strokes around the green because they think they need to fly the ball all the way to the hole. While a high arching flop shot that lands a foot from the hole can be the envy of all your golfing buddies, these shots all to often end up duffed, topped, or shanked.
The truth is, it’s far easier to drill down your consistency when you go with a bump and run strategy using something like an 8 iron. You’ll have more control over distance, and with far less practice you’ll be bumping shots right up to the hole and making a lot more “kick in” birdies and pars.
While your buddies are contemplating snapping their sand wedge over their knee after sending another worm burner 30 feet past the hole, you’ll be tapping in for par. Sound good? Here’s how it’s done:
The key to mastering the bump and run is figuring out the air to roll ratio. As Clark Spratlin explains in the video, an 8 iron will typically roll 4 time as far as it flies (4:1). If you need more roll use the same motion with a 7 iron (typically 5:1).
How far do you need to fly the ball? Only far enough to get one step onto the green. If your ball lands on the fringe it could take a bad bounce. On a decently groomed course you won’t have very many surprises or bad bounces if you land on the green.
When making these shots you’ll need to read the green, since the ball will be rolling like a putt. For example, if the grass is very wet, what would normally require the 4:1 ratio of a 8 iron might need the 5:1 ration of a 7 iron instead.
I recommend getting a feel for the fly to roll ratio of your 6,7,8,9, and PW. This way you can quickly eye ball the distance and pick the right club. You’ll be able to use the same motion, and let the club affect the distance. This method is extremely consistent and predictable. Leading to lower score, more birdies, and a whole lot more fun!
For more score slashing tips from Clark Spratlin click here.