Winning Edge with Anirban Lahiri

Fri 04 Oct 2013

Winning Edge with Anirban Lahiri

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In the latest segment of Winning Edge, India’s Anirban Lahiri reveals the key points when he hits a recovery shot from amongst the trees. The Asian Tour champion believes in the saying that you must take your medicine after an errant shot and not compound the first mistake further by safely getting out of trouble.
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As golfers, we occasionally hit a poor drive which may land in trouble. It is therefore important to ensure that you get out of the trees and give yourself every opportunity to save par or at worse, a bogey.
When the escape route is a narrow target, it is critical to choose the right line for your next shot. I always pick out a leaf, maybe just a few meters away from my ball, and then ensure that my clubface is aligned to the leaf.
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I will position my golf ball towards the back of my right foot, maybe around two inches from my right heel. The further back the ball position, the ball flight will be lower as well. So you’ve got to judge the trajectory well through regular practice.
If I get a clean lie, I would normally take a three or four iron to hit the shot but if my ball is in the rough, I’ll opt for a club with a bit more loft to ensure I strike the ball cleanly. You will also notice that my weight is also put more towards my left side, maybe on a 60-40 ratio.
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The grip is very important. To keep the ball low and to allow better control of the club, I would normally choke down on my grip which gives me better control.
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A key element in hitting a recovery show from the trees is that I ensure the back swing is an abbreviated back swing. You don’t want to hit it too hard as you might just lose control of the golf ball. Basically, you need to have good control of your swing for this recovery shot.
Ultimately, the key to a good recovery shot is to make sure you get out of trouble. Happy golfing.
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