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Get Up And Down More With The Bump And Run

The bump and run is the highest percentage shot you can select when you miss the green. In this video PGA Professional Jack Backhouse explains how to play this shot correctly and how to develop your feel.

 

We have all been told to play with less loft around the greens before, but often, we are expected to know the correct technique. In the video below, PGA Professional Jack Backhouse simplifies the technique and explains some drills to help improve your touch.

Why will I get up and down more with the bump and run?

Choosing to play the low-running chip shot lowers your expected score statistically over a higher lofted shot because of the risk involved. With more loft, you have to make a longer swing and be more precise with your contact, and the potential bad outcomes are far worse than when you choose to play the same shot with a low-lofted club.

When chipping with an 8 or 9 iron, it is quite often the case that a poorly stuck shot performs as well as a well-struck one, meaning your dispersion will be smaller and more predictable.

Common faults

There are 3 faults that I commonly see golfers get wrong when setting up and playing the bump and run:

  • Standing too wide and too far away. Just because we are choosing an iron to play this shot doesn’t mean we set up for it like a regular iron shot. We should be narrow in the stance and much closer to the ball.
  • Gripping at the top of the grip. We can add control and precision to our shots by gripping down at the bottom of the grip with our fingers almost on the steel.
  • Hitting the ground with the club. A thin shot goes just as far as a well-struck shot when chipping with a low loft, so we shouldn’t let the club touch the ground at all in our swing.
bump and run

What does a good chipping technique look like with a low-lofted club?

Let’s get this ironed out so there is no confusion in how to address the ball:

  • Narrow stance
  • Ball back of the centre
  • Hands at the bottom of the grip, slightly ahead of the ball
  • Weight 70/30 on the front foot
  • Lead shoulder tilted down
set up

Drills

There is only one drill you need to master this shot and develop a great touch around the greens. This drill will also help convince you that chipping with low loft is an optimal strategy whenever you approach a missed green.

  • Three-club drill. Take a lob wedge, nine iron, hybrid, and three balls to anywhere around the green. Play one ball with each club as a competition from nine different locations around the green, and note which club wins the most holes and which one loses the most.

If you are anything like most golfers I teach, the hybrid and 9 iron will be head-to-head for most holes won, with the lob wedge a comfortable third. If you change location each shot, you will quickly develop a great feel with each club and learn when and when not to play with each club. I like golfers to try doing this once per week, and their short games always improve.

hybrid low running chip

If you want to watch some more of Jack’s swing tips instruction videos, you can get to his YouTube Technique Tips playlist by clicking here. Please check out our other instruction articles if you liked this bump and run article!

If you are interested in seeking further information from Jack that is more specific to your golf game, you can book an in-person or online golf lesson by clicking here.

Jack Backhouse

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Jack is a PGA Golf Professional who specialises in coaching, teaching golf to beginners and top-level amateurs for 10+ years. He also loves his golf equipment and analysing the data of the latest clubs on the market using launch monitors, specialising in blade irons and low-spinning drivers despite having a chronically low ball flight.

Although Jack has no formal journalism training, He has been reading What's In The Bag articles since he started playing at 12 and studying golf swings since his dad first filmed his swing to reveal one of the worst over-the-top slice swings he reckons has ever been recorded, which set him off on the path to be a coach. His favourite club ever owned was a Ping G10 driver bought from a local top amateur with the hope that some of the quality golf shots would come with it (they didn't), and worst was a Nike SQ driver he only bought because Tiger was using it.

Jack is a member of Sand Moor Golf Club and regularly gets out on the golf course to prepare for tournaments. Jack uses a TaylorMade BRNR Mini driver, a half set of TaylorMade P7MB irons, MG4 wedges and a TaylorMade TP Reserve putter.

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