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NCGA.ORG | WINTER 2018 35 Tackle Tough Lies One of the most challenging things for golfers to learn is how to play from uneven lies. As the practice tee is a flat surface, it's nearly impossible to train in a manner that creates a true transfer of skill to the course. A feature of this simulator is a moving platform that shifts to replicate uphill, downhill and sidehill playing scenarios. To effectively tackle uphill and down- hill lies the most important thing you can do is set your body so your swing travels with the slope. Here I have the platform set on a steep downward incline. Notice how my shoulders are parallel to the slope helping the club connect with the turf the same way it would if playing from a level lie. Although the shoulder adjustment will take care of most of the work, some shots may require a shift in ball position as well. Dial In Distances Among the tougher shots in golf are the partial swing, half- wedge shots inside of 100 yards. A simulator allows you to set specific distances to better develop your shotmaking arsenal. Training your wedge game should focus on three basic goals: 1. Hitting your distance. 2. Controlling tra- jectory 3. Controlling spin. On this 50-yard effort my goal is to produce a low-launching, high-spinning shot. Using my 60-degree wedge, my keys from this distance are playing the ball in the middle of my stance and making a half-length back swing. I approach the ball on a shallow, sweeping attack and take some loft off the face through the hit. Just as contacting the driver high on the face produces less spin, a wedge struck lower on the face will increase spin and stopping power on the green. Thinking of a shallow strike with little to no divot will accomplish this goal. On these shots tour pros generally launch the ball around 30 degrees with spin numbers showing between 6,000-10,000 rpm of back spin. 1 3

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