When we come to getting a new driver it is important to get it fitted with the right shaft. Most people appreciate that those with faster swing speeds normally need a stiffer shaft. However, Thomas Devine is keen to stress that things aren’t quite that simple.
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MEDIUM RISK: U-SHAPED SWING WITH MID-WEDGE
If you’re feeling bold, escape with a low chip using your mid-wedge. Stand wide and low, bury your feet and make sure the clubface is square at address and your bodyweight is left to encourage a descending blow. Grip down the club a little for control and make a wide, wristless, U-shaped swing aided by a little movement from your stomach area. The downswing should begin at nine o’clock with the follow-through finishing at three o’clock. The club will follow the contours of the sand and pick the ball off the top without taking too much loose stuff.
LOW RISK: 9-IRON CHIP-PUTT
Confidence at an all-time low? Then this is the one for you. Try hitting a 9-iron, but set the shot up like a putt, right down to the grip. Get close, shaft high, everything! Position yourself so the ball is right of centre, and transfer your bodyweight left to encourage a downward strike. Now make a putting action, hitting the ball as firmly as you’d strike a chip and the ball should fly out every time. If you’re faced with a big lip, pick a more lofted club and hit a bit harder.
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