12Sports Weekly Golf Lesson With Ryan Koury: Recovery Shots From Under Trees


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For many golfers, it's the second shot on the golf course that typically proves to be the toughest. When hitting from the tee box isn't your strong suit, a challenging second shot out of thick rough or in between a pair of trees can haunt any average golfer.

The biggest thing to keep in mind with a recovery shot out of unfortunate circumstances, is that the foot placement and lowness of the swing are crucial to a successful shot back into the fairway.

PGA Professional Ryan Koury discusses a few different ways to produce a successful recovery shot. He says lining up your back foot with the ball gives you a better chance at hitting a lower shot, which in turn allows you to avoid an elevating shot. An elevated second shot is the root of all evil when it comes to hitting from underneath trees.

Additionally, another important aspect of a successful recovery shot is to make sure your back swing and follow through are level with your waist. By doing this, the ball will bounce of the club face at a lower trajectory, as a result creating a lower shot and avoiding tree limbs.

This really is one of the toughest shots on the golf course. Be sure to go over Ryan's steps in the video in order to execute a good recovery shot.

See you next week!

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