|Posted by ironsolid on March 11, 2014 at 7:05 PM|
Increasing Your Handicap by 5-7 Strokes.
If you want to increase your Northern home course handicap by 5-7 strokes, head south for about 12-15 rounds of golf in the middle of the winter months of January-February-March. It is not your swing, it is the grass – no - not the kind you smoke – but Bermuda grass.
In the South (Florida), essentially every golf course uses some form of Bermuda grass. In the North we are used to bent grass, bluegrass and fescue.
Bermuda grass is used in some form on the tee boxes, fairways, and rough, especially around the greens in all southern courses. The difference in grass in the rough and around the greens in the south, is the tangly, gnarly, thick, fluffy, club twisting – Bermuda grass.
These differences require certain considerations and alterations in technique for successful shots. Let’s take a look at different shots:
Full shots from the rough: You hit a drive and get into the first or second cut of rough, and it is Bermuda grass. The structure of this grass is that is much thicker per inch of height than most other grasses. This means that 2 inches of Bermuda grass plays as tough as 4 inches of northern fescue. Make these adjustments: Take one club more than normal. If you think it is a 7 iron, take a 6 iron. Why? Because the thickness of the Bermuda grass. Grip the club a tighter than normal. The thickness and the gnarliness of Bermuda grass twists the club head as you swing, so you must grip tighter than normal to power through the shot. Deliver a steeper descending blow to the golf ball, and make sure you hit as much of the ball as you can first. Sometimes it makes sense to play a punch/cut or fade shot out of the Bermuda grass rough. If you are in the thick stuff and your ball is sitting down in Bermuda grass, take you medicine and get in the best position in the fairway to get up and down for a good score. Don’t be a hero.
Shorter shots from the rough: Same principles apply as longer shots from the rough. A slightly descending blow, a compact swing, an acceleration through the shot is needed. If the Bermuda grass leaves your ball sitting high in the rough – floating, - then you must take a few practice swings and sweep the ball out of the rough, use a less lofted club if the shot allows. If you go under the ball you most likely will come up short. If you can find an area to practice this shot before the round it will save you a few strokes, but each shot is unique and the Bermuda grass is a worthy challenge in the short game rough. Keep firm wrists and concentrate to make ball first contact.
Shots from the fairway: If you plan and manage to keep your ball in the fairway, it is most important, at all costs, to hit the ball before you hit the turf in Bermuda grass. Because of the Bermuda grass root structure, a fat shot is more devastating than with other grasses. A fat shot will be fatter, and this holds true around the greens also. The key is you must “hit it solid”, ball first then turf. Make sure you spend some time practicing before your round in the Bermuda grass, fairways and rough.
This will pay off in big ways and save you at least a handful of shots per round. The IronSolid training aid promotes a ball first impact which is critical when play on Bermuda grass fairways or rough. So if you want to keep your Northern handicap in tact, make sure you practice with the IronSolid before you play in Southern Bermuda grass conditions.
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