US Open golf: How to play the mud-ball shot

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The world's best players will have to face this shot this week - here's what you should do in the same situation...

The mud-ball is a golfer’s worst nightmare – especially when clean and place rules are not enforced, like this week at the US Open.

The reason so many despise it is there is no way to predict how the mud will affect the shot. It’s impossible to tell how heavy it is, how much could be hidden under your ball, or if it will come off at impact.

Indeed, there is no exact science so it is a bit of a lottery.

However, I do have a tip that should give you the best chance of hitting a good shot with a mud-ball.

The theory behind this comes from my experience using a GC2 launch monitor. I find that shots with more backspin are less likely to fly offline so a good starting point would be to impart more.
The mud-ball is a golfer’s worst nightmare – especially when clean and place rules are not enforced. To do this, put the ball back in your stance and attack it very steeply (hit down!).

Another thing to bear in mind is that the mud adds weight to the ball and, as a result, it won’t fly as far. Therefore, make sure you take an extra club.

Finally, you have to understand and come to terms with the fact that there is a chance you could put a perfect swing on the ball and end up missing the green by 40 yards. It’s just one of those things that is out of your control and you must get on with it. A positive attitude is key.

  • Tim Hall is head professional at Ross-on-Wye Golf Club. He is an expert on teaching and regularly contributes to National Club Golfer magazine’s instruction section. Follow him on Twitter
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