Three tips for hitting the perfect bump-and-run shot

Ford Plantation
Turner Sports Interactive
The redesigned Ford Plantation course in Richmond Hill, Ga., features larger greens and more chipping area, requiring a deft short game.
By Mark Aumann

Problem Area: Short Game
Series: Lesson Learned

Published: Monday, November 17, 2014 | 10:15 a.m.

Need to chip the ball from off the green? If your course features large greens and ample run-up areas, don't automatically reach for the wedge. Instead, here are three tips to perfect the bump-and-run shot, which will get your ball down and running more quickly.

PGA professional Ryan Skipton, Head Golf Professional at Ford Plantation Golf Club in Richmond Hill, Ga., said that's a common issue among his membership, particularly now that Ford Plantation has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation by noted course architect Pete Dye.

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"There are a lot more chipping areas around the green since the renovation," Skipton said. "There's always one side of the hole you can play to, away from the bunkers. I've been telling our members to try and keep the ball on the ground instead of pulling out the sand wedge or the lob wedge. Play more bump-and-runs around the green."

So how do you do that, especially from Bermuda grass?

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Skipton offers this three-step approach to hitting the bump-and-run consistently.

  1. Choke up on the club
  2. Take a narrow stance
  3. Minimize your wrist movement

"What you're trying to do is get a little topspin on the ball," Skipton said. "Instead of a wedge, use something with more loft, like a 7- or 8-iron. Always choke up on the club and really concentrate on not breaking the wrists on the followthrough.

"It's almost like a big putt."

It's a shot that will come in handy, particularly on a windy day.

"When in doubt, keep it on the ground," Skipton said.



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