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Strike a Match


Here's a great tip to help eliminate those double bogeys from your score... How many times have you found yourself in the trees, having just missed the fairway, or your ball has took a horrible bounce on a firm fairway? All too often I see players make 2 main mistakes Mistake No.1 They falling into the trap of thinking they've got to take on the impossible shot to still score well   Mistake No.2 Many players pull out the most lofted club in their bag and attempt to lift the ball over the top of the trees blocking their path, usually this results in the ball hitting branches and ricocheting deeper into the forrest, or travelling backwards, further from the hole.  Mentally Tough Golfers do this instead They understand this is not the time to attack the ball, its the time to get the ball back in play. Rather than chip out, they take a long iron, such as a 5 or 4 iron. Punching a low shot forwards, out of the trees and back on to the fairway. This sets them up to attack the green with the next shot. How to achieve this shot

  • Simply stand behind the ball, check your alignment and focus on where you want the ball to go - set your sat nav

  • As you take your shot, imagine your striking a match along the bottom of the floor, this motion will ensure you keep the club low and smooth. The ball will come out low and you'll be surprised how far it can travel down the fairway, putting you in great position to attack the green.

Now is a great time to practice this shot and just like any other shot, it takes practice to perfect. So get out there andstrike your match shotto eliminate those double bogeys from your scorecard.


Hope you found this blog interesting, there are take aways that we can apply to the situation we find ourselves currently in with Covid19. If you would like help through this difficult time or wish to learn more about mental toughness please visit our website and get in touch. Drop me an email and let me know what you think, I would love to hear from you. Visit our website and check out our other blogs, there's something in there for everyone.

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