Winning Edge with Anirban Lahiri

Fri 30 May 2014

Winning Edge with Anirban Lahiri

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Asian Tour Academy - Hitting it out of the divot
By Anirban Lahiri, a four-time Asian Tour winner.
It can be quite frustrating when you hit a perfect tee shot into the middle of the fairway and the ball ends up in a divot!
As professional golfers, we have to learn to stay patient and we are trained to hit the golf ball in various types of challenging situations.
Even though we make every shot on the golf course look easy, it takes a lot of practice and determination to be where I am today, so here is a simple method which I constantly work on to hit my shots from out of a divot.
It has helped me throughout my career and I hope it will improve your game as well.
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This is my stance when I want to hit a regular golf shot. As you can see, the ball is in the middle of my stance and my right shoulder is slightly lower than my left shoulder.
Picture 2 and 3
When I want to hit a ball out of a divot, my shoulders will be a lot more level and my ball is moved further back. The reason why the ball is further back is because you need to hit the ball first instead of the turf. That is why I level my shoulders because you need hit it deeper into the ball.
Picture 4 and 5
I will make a regular back swing like how I would in my regular shots but on my way down, I will hold on to my wrist and release it  slightly later than normal. This ensures that I catch the ball first. It is important to keep your weight on the left side until you finish the swing.
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This finish is an abbreviated finish where I haven’t really released the wrist. I hold on to the club to make sure I catch the ball first.
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