You’ve just hit the best drive of your round only to find your second shot will be played out of a sand-filled divot.
Assess these two factors before figuring out which club to use: how far do you need to hit your next shot? Will the club you hit that distance make solid contact or will you need to hit something with more loft?
Ball in a divot? There is no need to despair.
After answering these questions, put the ball back a little in your stance with your weight slightly more on your lead side at address.
Hinge the club earlier in your backswing so you can make more of a descending blow for solid contact into the ball.
And if you can, practise these shots on your club’s driving range.
Jason Laws is the NSW PGA Teaching Professional of the year. If you have any questions, e-mail Jason at [email protected]