How to Pick the Right Club to Hit From Under a Tree

How to Pick the Right Club to Hit From Under a Tree

Club Choice for Hitting Under Trees

As you can see I have hit my ball into a position where I have to get under some trees. I am only 145 yards from the hole but I can not get it up where I would want to hit an 8-iron and I am going to have to go underneath.

What club should I use? Let's take a little test; here is something you can do that is completely legal.

  • I am going to set this club down on the ground, the club that I would like to use for this distance, and when I step on the face of the club until it lifts the shaft up, as you can see the angle that it goes to, which is the angle that the ball is going to come out, it is going to hit those lower branches of the trees. So that club is not going to work.
  • Let's take a 4-iron now, step down on it, and that is going to go under the trees quite easily, so let's take that 4-iron for this shot. Later on I will show you how to control the 4-iron so that it only goes 145 yards.

There we are, just underneath the limbs and 145 yards. And that is how you can test your trajectory; I will show you later how you can control the distance.

Category: Bad Lies
Sub-Category: Low Shots, Club Selection, Trajectory
About the Instructor
Gary Wiren
Gary Wiren
Trump International Golf Club
3505 Summit Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL. 33406
Tel: 800-FOR-GARY
Tel: 800-367-4267

Dr. Gary Wiren was the PGA Teacher of the Year in 1987 and is also author of the PGA Teaching Manual. He is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #12 instructor in the world.


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