Speaker 1: Today we're going to be talking about reading lies.
Most of the high handicap amateurs and even mid handicap amateurs struggle making pars around the greens basically because they can't read a lie.
What do I mean by that? After playing on the tour for so many years, I would play in a lot of pro-ams and I would see most of the struggles that amateurs have around the greens happens before the chip is made.
I would notice that amateurs would come up to a lie and they would treat each lie the same.
In other words, they would use the same stroke with every shot.
Here's one of the downsides to this.
I've set up a few different lies here and I want to teach you how to read lies and ways to play these that allow you to have a little bit more success and hopefully get that ball up and down a little bit more often.
The first lie I have is what I call ...
It's a cherry lie.
It's sitting up perfectly.
A lot of amateurs will not have a lot of problem with this one.
This one is the ball where it's sitting fairly up ...
I might even poke it up a little bit more, but that's the first lie.
The second lie, it's sitting down moderately.
It's not too bad, but if you use the stroke you would on the first lie this lie probably would cause you a little bit of problems.
The third lie is the hardest one that most amateurs call hard.
If it's played properly it's not a lot different than the first lie.
Whenever I'm reading a lie, what I would try encouraging my students to do is determine how much debris is behind the golf ball.
In this case there's really not a lot.
Whenever you have a shot when there's not a lot of debris behind the golf ball, there really is no reason to hit down on it, because when you're hitting down on it severely what you're trying to do is not have a lot of debris between the club and the golf ball, debris meaning grass, dirt, leaves and even if it's behind a golf ball.
Whenever you're hitting this shot, you can just about sweep it.
It's not a very vertical shot.
You don't need to go down after it.
This shot is a little bit different.
This is what I call moderately sitting down.
In this case ...
By the way, when you're getting into these next two lies, what I always encourage is increasing the bounce, so open the club face a little bit more with each shot.
In this case, you do want the club to get up a little bit.
A couple ways to lift the golf club to get it up, one of them is with your arms and the other one is with your wrist.
I teach my students arms.
Some golf instructors teach wrist.
If you want to do a little bit of both, that's fine, but the critical component here is you want to get the club up in the air.
Once you do that, you relax and let it just drop down.
If it drops down, you probably won't run into some of the grass behind the golf ball and you'll see that your field gets a lot better.
The third one is probably what most amateurs call the most difficult.
The critical component to this is you've got to set up with some loft.
You need some bounce.
Once you get into this shot you need to get the club up fairly quick.
It's not a violent hit.
It's just really about angle of attack.
Once you read this lie and you see it's sitting down, you should know right away get the club face open, get the club up in the air.
Once you do that, it should be a nice relaxed stroke.
All those balls came out pretty good.
You notice I didn't change rhythm? I didn't try to hit any of them harder? All I did was I read the lie and tried to play the shot that the lie allows.
Try and read your lies a little bit more consistently whenever you're practicing your chipping.
I think when you get on the golf course you'll find out your success is actually determined by what you decide to do before the shot is played.