Search

For all golfers except extreme low-handicap players

March 19, 1956
March 19, 1956

Table of Contents
March 19, 1956

Events & Discoveries
Spectacle
Dayton And The Dons
'How To Do It Again'
The Wonderful World Of Sport
NHL Hockey

For all golfers except extreme low-handicap players

A short approach to a fast green guarded by traps presents an interesting challenge with rewarding satisfactions. To hold the green by means of backspin (developed by punching the ball into the turf) requires considerable practice and skill, possibly more than the average golfer can bring to his occasional rounds. Accordingly, it's a wise decision for golfers to cultivate the lob type of approach, a shot which reduces the percentage of error and which does the job very well, too. When correctly executed, the lobbed pitch sends the ball up to the green in a very steep trajectory. The ball drops almost vertically onto the green, and little roll results.

This is an article from the March 19, 1956 issue Original Layout

In playing this shot, use a nine-iron or a pitching wedge. Take your stance with the ball an inch or so farther forward than usual. Allow yourself a backswing somewhat longer than you would use if you were planning to spank a backspin approach the same distance and allow your wrists to cock freely. Swing smoothly and well through the ball. You will find that the ball will get up very quickly and sit down very well when it plops onto the green. This shot can be easily learned with a little practice and can be just as effective as the much more exacting backspin shot.

from JIMMY D'ANGELO, Dunes Golf and Beach Club, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

TWO PHOTOSILLUSTRATIONin following through, do not whip the club around but let it go out toward the holeILLUSTRATIONthe ball is played slightly farther forward than usualILLUSTRATIONallow yourself a liberal backswing

NEXT WEEK: HARRY COOPER ON SPOTTING THE BALL