This past spring has been unseasonally wet for most of the Pacific Northwest. Our PGA professional and Director of Golf, Guy Puddefoot, has a couple tips to help any golfer play on the softer ground.
"With the exceptionally wet spring/ early summer, most courses in the Northwest are much wetter and softer than usual for this time of year. Sometimes, it can be helpful to remember a few tips for hitting shots in the fairway in these conditions. The most common mis-hit is the "fat" or "heavy" shot, which occurs when contact is made with the ground before the ball, and we all know it's supposed to be the other way around!
A couple of things that may help you:
1. Play the ball a little further back in your stance than normal to help ensure the ball is the first contact. Any water/moisture that gets between the ball and the face of the club will affect the shot, so you must make clean contact. Even a little thin is better than a little fat.
2. At address, try feeling like you are standing a little "taller" than normal. With softer turf, we actually will tend to sink just enough to cause us to hit the ground first.
Hopefully, with our sudden turn in weather, you won't need these tips again until this fall!
Fairways and Greens,