How to Hit your Golf Ball Out Of the Trees

By Tim Cusick

Hit Into Trouble? Weigh Your Options

As you can see, I have not put myself in a good position here. I am deep into the forest, close to the green, but deep in the forest. I have to figure out which way I want to get out of here. What you want to do as a golfer is take a look at all your options.

First I look up. I can't really play a shot up through these trees. I can try but it is not going to be very successful. Secondly I have an option where I can go forward but a very narrow opening and I have a bunker right in front of me, so that is really not a great option either. I look to the side, I can't get out to the left side. I look backwards, I can go out that way but really don't want to, I can go to the side, out to the right.

Avoid Trees on Your Golf Shot

Now I know that I am going out away from where the green is but I have to look at where my best chance is for minimizing my score and I am going to pick the option out to the right. I am going to take a pitching wedge, no I don't want to take a pitching wedge and the reason why is that I have a limb that is hanging down right here. I don't want to hit that limb as I come out. Golden rule number one, when you are in trouble get out in one shot and do not hit any trees in the process, so I am going to take a 9-iron.

Take the Easiest Route to the Hole

I am going to put it back in my stance, make a practice swing or two, hands forward and make a little chipping motion and get this ball back out into play in one shot. I have to be careful of the rough and I have to make sure I hold on a little tighter so the clubface does not turn in my hand. I am going to make a small swing, the ball is back, my hands are forward, chip the ball back out into the fairway and now I have a chance to try to get it up and down from there. So remember, when you are in trouble pick the easiest route out and make sure you get out in one shot.

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