In case you missed it over the weekend, Rickie Fowler did something a lot of us frustrated amateurs tend to do on occasion... he attempted to escape a deep bunker using a putter instead of a wedge.
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Here's how it went down on the sixth hole at Isleworth in the final round of the Hero World Challenge:
OK, not the prettiest result if we're being honest. High marks for creativity, but we're guessing he'll go with a wedge of some kind the next time around.
Fowler made a double bogey on the hole. However, he bounced back with three back-nine birdies to finish with a 4-under 68 and tied for sixth.
Why is it so easy to chunk a chip shot from an uphill lie? We saw even the best golfers in the world struggle with that shot last weekend at the Hero World Challenge, so it's no surprise amateurs have a hard time pulling that shot off consistently.
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PGA Professional Rodd Slater, Head Golf Professional at Two Rivers Golf Club in Dakota Dunes, S.D., said it all has to do with how we typically balance ourselves on a slanted surface.
"Most people have a tendency to lean into the hill, so as you swing the club, the club will tend to dig into the grass," Slater said.
So what do you need to do when facing an uphill chip shot to an elevated green?
1. Move the ball forward in your stance
2. Move your weight towards your back foot
3. Use a less lofted club
Slater credits Manuel de la Torre -- the first recipient of the National PGA Teacher of the Year Award and a member of the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame -- with providing the tips that he currently uses.
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De la Torre instructs his students to do the opposite of what feels "normal" in this particular instance. Instead of trying to lean into the hill to steady yourself, shift your weight to the point where your center of gravity is perpendicular to the hill -- so in essence, try to make your stance level relative to the slope.
"First, on an uphill pitch shot or any shot where you're on an upslope, you need to move the ball forward in your stance and your weight towards your back foot, proportionate to the slope," Slater said. "That way, you're swinging with the terrain."
And use a club that has less loft, Slater said, because the ball will already come up with a higher trajectory.
"As you're leaning with the hill, you're adding loft to the club face," Slater said. "So the ball will come out very high. So if you normally use a sand wedge, you might want to use a 9-iron so that when the ball is struck, it goes forward instead of straight up in the air."
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Remember, because the ball won't have as much roll as with a normal chip, you'll need to land it closer to the hole. So take that into consideration. And concentrate on making a smooth sweeping swing rather than a steep downward strike.
Do the opposite if you're on a downslope, Slater said. Move your weight forward and the ball back in your stance, and use a club with added loft to play the same type of shot.
Remember: On an upslope, the ball goes forward, weight goes back.
From alligators to snakes, it seems like 2014 was a crazy year for animals creating havoc on golf courses. Here are a few memorable encounters, in alphabetical order:
At the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in April, PGA Tour player John Peterson gave a very dangerous assist to playing partner James Driscoll, pushing an alligator into a pond so Driscoll could play his approach shot.
Wildlife is a cornerstone of South Africa. Luke Donald saw that firsthand earlier this month at the Nedbank Challenge, when a baboon ran down the fairway.
This is one of those rare times when an eagle on the golf course isn't a good thing.
These bear cubs seemed to enjoy their time on the golf course, even though they held up play.
The St. Lucie Trail Golf Club in Florida was visited by a Florida bobcat in November, seen here trotting across the 10th tee.
These footprints belong to Malaysian elephants who apparently wander over from the nearby tropical rainforest, near where Ernie Els is developing a 27-hole golf resort.
Everyone is afraid of something. For pro golfer Peter Uihlein, it's tiny frogs.
This poor golfer was minding his own business when, out of nowhere, he was attacked by a goose.
Pablo Larrazabal was attacked by hornets and stung more than 20 times at the Maybank Malaysian Open in April before he effected a watery escape.
This is a reader-submitted photo from Growling Frog Golf Course in Yan Yean, Australia, on the north side of Melbourne. And yes, those are kangaroos.
Only in Australia... Growling Frog GC. #teamtitleist #mytitileist
Indiana Jones would not be amused by this sign spotted at the European Tour stop in April.
An interesting sign displayed at the Volvo China Open. The players won't want to hit it off line round this track! pic.twitter.com/1PhbnGeUIu
— FootJoy Europe (@FootJoyEurope) April 24, 2014
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French Lick, Ind.
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