Ryan Palmer: Course Strategy - Options Around The Green

Leaving the ball short when approaching the green leaves you with a number of options. Here, Ryan Palmer addresses a few ways he would consider playing the shot.


This happens all the time at Colonial. Right? You hit the ball. You come up short. You pitch it out of the rough. This happens all the time.

[? Franz ?] is number six here. You know, he can easily miss it in left or right trees. And you're always pitching out to the front, where we're able to pitch it out to the front of the green here. We've got a front pan.

Got options. Right?

Yeah, we've got about 12, 10 yards of--


--fringe to carry with about-- what?-- 10 feet of green to work with.

We could run and chip--

So we've got multiple things here. We could five wood it up, bump it around with a gap wedge, pitching wedge, or I can throw the lobe wedge and put a little spin on it.


For me, this shot, this is where I'd probably bring my lob wedge. And I'd really try to hit it with more of a check shot.

You want to do that first?

So we'll go with the shot that I would hit--


--first. And I would look at it first. So I'm trying to land it, obviously, between the fringe and the pin. So I can see the shadow of the flag. So I think If I land it right on that shadow, I can get a good quick check, especially when the greens are this soft. So I can get a nice check, put it in a nice five-foot circle. And right now, we're trying to make par.

Is there anything that has to happen in your swing to make sure this get off-- you know, this is a nightmare for a lot of guys and girls. Is there something that has to happen in your swing to get it clean?

For me, honestly, in my golf swing, I loaded up the down cock. Well, this is the worst time to down cock a shot. If you get a chip and you end up getting too cocky with the wrist, your knees get down. Next you know, you're flipping it up or you're sticking the ground. You're blading it, chunking it. So now, it's just to keep your hands quiet.

But really accelerating through the chip shot. It's back to a field shot for me. You know, I'm not real technical with these shots. So I'm just trying to visualize where I want this ball to land, which is about two or three feet on the green. And now, I just let my feel and the talent that I have doing this shot take over pretty much.

Nice. Perfect.

Now, you've got the check on on. Now, you got a nice--

Now, let's say that you came over,--

--two foot put.

--you had this lie, where it wasn't so, like you weren't oh, I don't know if I can get my 60 under that.

So now--

Let's say you couldn't. Let's say it was like--

We'll just call it a tougher lie, where I can sit here and work on it. You know when it's real spongy, real soft? Well now, I'm afraid to chunk it. So I'm afraid to, maybe if I don't catch enough turf, I'll blade it, and I'll end up thinning it across a--

Pitching wedge?

I might take my 54.

54. Are you going to make a chip and run?

And I'm going to try to probably land it about a yard or two short of the green now.

So now I'm going to try to hit with a little one hop, hop on the green, check, and kind of run out a little bit.

So this type of shot, so I make sure I make good contact with the ball, I put the ball back a little bit with my stance. Keep the hands a little forward. And just make sure I make good contact with the ball and try to, like I said, visualize where I want the ball to land.

Are you trying to hook it or anything? Are you trying to hold the blade square?

This shot I'll probably hold the blade square. And I'll show you a little hook chip shot that I work on with my lob wedge. But this one, I'll try to keep the blade square and hope I land it where I want and get that nice little one hop.

There's the one yard you were talking about.

So did you see that little one hop? And then up there at about two feet.