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Dear Jack: Please help me
Jack Nicklaus
January 20, 1969
I frequently receive letters from readers requesting advice on how to play a particular shot, and often the problem shot turns out to be a familiar one: the ball is on a downhill slope about 50 yards from the green. Should it now be run down onto the green, or should a pitch shot be hit that lands on the green? The answer is simple. Always hit the pitch shot. The fact that the lie is downhill should not make you abandon your normal shot for such a distance. But you should make a few adjustments in the swing. Using the wedge, take an open stance and open the club face to compensate for the downhill lie. Place most of your weight on the left side. This prevents a fluffy shot that will not carry to the green. Now make sure the ball is back at least halfway in your stance, not forward (below). Hit hard through the ball with your right hand. This puts a maximum amount of spin on the ball, which helps it stop quickly after landing on the green. Incidentally, if you have golfing questions that you would like to have answered, write to me in care of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.
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January 20, 1969

Dear Jack: Please Help Me

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I frequently receive letters from readers requesting advice on how to play a particular shot, and often the problem shot turns out to be a familiar one: the ball is on a downhill slope about 50 yards from the green. Should it now be run down onto the green, or should a pitch shot be hit that lands on the green? The answer is simple. Always hit the pitch shot. The fact that the lie is downhill should not make you abandon your normal shot for such a distance. But you should make a few adjustments in the swing. Using the wedge, take an open stance and open the club face to compensate for the downhill lie. Place most of your weight on the left side. This prevents a fluffy shot that will not carry to the green. Now make sure the ball is back at least halfway in your stance, not forward (below). Hit hard through the ball with your right hand. This puts a maximum amount of spin on the ball, which helps it stop quickly after landing on the green. Incidentally, if you have golfing questions that you would like to have answered, write to me in care of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.

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