How to Hit Your Golf Ball When It's Stuck Against a Tree Trunk

By John Elliott

How to Hit Your Golf Ball When It's Stuck Against a Tree Trunk

Remove Debris

One of the neat things about golf is that you never know where you are going to find it, it being the ball. At this point I have not found it, I have looked all through this rough area and I will continue to look until I do find it. Well lo and behold look where it is. Here is the problem, I need to go forward in that direction and yet how am I going to set up to do this. I am going to break my arms. I need to find a way to move that ball or take an unplayable lie. Well it is not a bad lie, it is sitting where I can see it, I can clean it up a little bit, looking better all the time. Everything you pick up you can not necessarily move. This one is still attached, this one is still attached, you can only move what is dead and not attached.

Problem Solving

Now the question is how am I going to play this? I have my sand wedge, a very lofted club, I am going to stand here to the side and I am going to make a rehearsal and I am trying to find areas where there are not roots, listen, there we go. There is my rehearsal, you can see me swing the club up and down and colliding with the ground. I am trying to find where this club is going to bottom out because this is not a shot that I play every day of my life and hopefully it is one that you never you had to play.

The Right Shot at the Right Time

I set up and then I do not stand here very long. I have to turn to aim, my goal is the fairway. It did not quite get to the fairway because I hit it a little fat, but you know what, I no longer have to deal with this tree and wasn't that my original intent. I did not have to take an unplayable lie which is a one stroke penalty. I still got to go ahead and hit the shot. Why? Because I knew how to play the shot. So when you have a tree in the way the main thing is to improvise. Find a way to turn the club where it is aiming where you want to go. Find a motion, I am right handed so I use my dominant arm, find the ground, and then with very little hesitation set up, pull the trigger. Appreciate what you just did because you had the right shot at the right time which saved you a penalty stroke. That is key.


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