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Hitting a one-hopper for the short stop
Jack Nicklaus
August 22, 1966
In a situation as bad as the one shown here, the object is not so much to find a shot that will work as it is to find a shot that has any chance of working. The ball is on hardpan, the trap is shallow but has a lip, and the green is very narrow. Should you hit your wedge, realizing that it will be difficult, if not impossible, to put enough spin on the ball for it to hold the green? Or should you take a two-iron, roll the ball through the sand and hope by some miracle it won't catch the lip of the trap? These might seem to be the only alternatives, and neither of them has much chance of succeeding. But there is a third shot, one that demands neither an impossible degree of skill nor unbelievable luck. You can try to skip the ball through the trap on one bounce, like a rock skipping off water. Use either a five-or a six-iron, and hood the face slightly to get hook overspin on the ball. Chip the ball firmly toward a level place in the sand near the front of the bunker. You will be surprised how frequently the ball hits the sand and pops up onto the green.
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August 22, 1966

Hitting A One-hopper For The Short Stop

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In a situation as bad as the one shown here, the object is not so much to find a shot that will work as it is to find a shot that has any chance of working. The ball is on hardpan, the trap is shallow but has a lip, and the green is very narrow. Should you hit your wedge, realizing that it will be difficult, if not impossible, to put enough spin on the ball for it to hold the green? Or should you take a two-iron, roll the ball through the sand and hope by some miracle it won't catch the lip of the trap? These might seem to be the only alternatives, and neither of them has much chance of succeeding. But there is a third shot, one that demands neither an impossible degree of skill nor unbelievable luck. You can try to skip the ball through the trap on one bounce, like a rock skipping off water. Use either a five-or a six-iron, and hood the face slightly to get hook overspin on the ball. Chip the ball firmly toward a level place in the sand near the front of the bunker. You will be surprised how frequently the ball hits the sand and pops up onto the green.

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