Avoiding the Golf Traps
Itís every golferís worst-case scenario Ė Youíre golfing great, youíve got a perfect swing, the perfect stance, and you were able to get rid of that slice thatís been on your back. NO matter how well everything goes, even the best golfer can find himself (or herself) occasionally stuck in a sand trap, stuck in the grass or trapped behind a giant tree on the golf course. Unfortunately, the traps are what make the game interesting. Without them, the game would probably become boring for even the most devoted golfer. Obstructions help to make golf a more interesting and challenging game, and youíll learn to appreciate the traps when you find the best ways to get out of them. The odds that your golf ball will roll to a stop right behind a tree are slim, but it does happen.
There are ways out of this situation. You could chop down the tree, or drill a hole in the tree large enough to hit your ball through, but thatís probably not going to make the maintenance crew of the golf course very happy. A lot of golfers just sacrifice one putt so that they can place the golf ball in a more favorable position. How well this works depends on your ability as a golfer, and what youíre willing to risk on one play. If there is another tree close by, you can try a ricochet shot, but itís not very reliable.
You canít judge where the ball will go once it hits the rough bark of the tree. A good solution is to practice a curve ball before you get into this situation, so that youíll know what to do when the time comes. Sand is a whole other problem completely on the golf course. Many golfers opt for the ďwhack and seeĒ technique. To do this, pull a sand wedge from your golf bag, hit the general vicinity of the ball, then watch the sand to see if your golf ball takes flight as well. Consistency is the crucial to your golfing game on the whole, and getting out of a sand trap is not exclusive to this. It is hard to control a golf ball in the sand. Golf balls donít really roll in sand and difficult to control a putt from a sand trap. In addition, you are probably going to be dealing with an upward slope of the trap before youíre out on the course again. Therefore, the only really dependable way to get out of a sand trap is to use the wedge and try to get enough lift on the ball to clear the sand.
Make sure that you choose your wedge cautiously. Keep in mind that you want enough lift to clear the sand. However, less lift is usually easier to manage. No matter what obstacle youíre facing on the golf course, having good control of the ball, choosing the right club for the job, and setting up your shot just right are the ways that you will be able to get out of those sticky situations on the golf course.