Episode 4: The Hardpan Shot

Getting stuck on hardpan—especially if you're standing on an unstable surface—can be super-intimidating. Jason shows us how to take the safe way out.

Released on 4/4/2018

Transcript

00:00
(upbeat music)
00:03
So you want to become a better golfer?
00:07
The secret isn't about hitting 300 yard drives
00:10
or making 30 foot putts.
00:11
It's about the ability to mitigate disaster.
00:13
So what I want to show you today
00:15
is how to get your ball back into play
00:17
after some of the game's worst breaks
00:18
like it never even happened.
00:34
What's the best lie in golf?
00:37
A ball that's sitting up on
00:38
a little cluster of grass.
00:40
What's the worst lie in golf?
00:42
Maybe this one that's sitting
00:43
right here on the hardpan.
00:46
And the worst part about this shot is
00:48
I just missed the fairway by a little bit.
00:50
And I've gone from possibly a great lie
00:52
to this lie which is a very sticky situation.
00:54
And there's a couple of reasons for it,
00:57
not only is this on the hardpan but it's also
00:59
on a little bit of pine straw.
01:01
So as I walk around and move around
01:02
in here, I've got to be
01:03
very careful that this ball doesn't move.
01:06
So how am I gonna hit this shot?
01:08
Well the first thing I'm gonna do
01:10
is I got to get some of this pine straw
01:12
out from underneath my feet
01:13
so I can have a nice stable base.
01:15
The next thing,
01:17
I'm gonna make sure
01:18
the ball is a little back in my stance.
01:20
And that's gonna help me with just
01:21
a little bit better contact.
01:23
So once we get all these things set up,
01:26
now the last thing is to make sure
01:27
you hit a real confident shot out of here.
01:32
(club smacking)
01:34
So if I can do those key set up techniques,
01:36
I can hit a nice little shot
01:37
and get out of this terrible lie
01:39
like it never even happened.
More from golfdigest.com
Equipment The Complete Hot List
Equipment The Complete Hot List
Golf Culture Most Annoying Golfers
Golf Culture Most Annoying Golfers
Instruction How To Do Everything
Instruction How To Do Everything
News & Tours Blog: Stay In The Loop
News & Tours Blog: Stay In The Loop
Ranking 100 Greatest Courses
Ranking 100 Greatest Courses
Cover Story Paulina Gretzky
Cover Story Paulina Gretzky