Golf tip of the week: Set the hands early for approach shots

PHOTO PROVIDED Left-arm parallel to the ground and the wrist cocked.

When hitting a short approach shot with an eight-iron through the wedges, set the hands early and use a compact swing.

Place 60% of your weight over the left foot at the address position and play the ball an inch or two back in your stance. This will place your head directly over the ball and create a crisp downward blow.

Use this checklist to perfect your approach shots.

1.) Setup with the grip slightly ahead of the ball.

2.) Utilize a narrow open stance.

3.) Your head should be located directly over the ball.

4.) It is essential to keep the left bicep connected to the ribcage.

5.) Stop the hands when the left arm reaches the parallel point.

6.) Remember to initiate the downswing with the left shoulder and the back of the left hand.

Don’t forget to enjoy this great game called golf.

Rick Musselman, golf author and professional, owns Musselman’s Golf in Williamsport.


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