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Weekly golf tip | The bounce (Sept. 29)

The bounce

If you think you need to hit down on a pitch shot to put spin on the golf ball, you are half right. Of course, you need for the club to go down in the downswing, but you don't want to club to dig into the ground. You need the club to "bounce" off the ground. This is what puts spin on a pitch shot. This means you would not take a huge divot; actually, it would be little if any divot at all. The part of the club that needs to hit the ground is the bounce or back of sole of the club. To learn how to use the bounce, make some swings and hit some shots off a fitting board with lie angle tape on the sole. You can also use a piece of plywood that is painted. When you hit the board you should see the impact on the back of the sole.

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