How To Hit Out Of Pine Straw - Advanced Tips For Golfers

Many courses have rows of pine trees that in themselves cause an obstacle when you play golf. But another way they hinder the player is by leaving a blanket of pine needles on the ground. If your ball happens to land on this covering, you may find it difficult to get it out. But escaping pine needles is not as hard as you think. It just takes a bit more care and thought. Here are some pointers on how to do so.

Stand in front of the ball

It is important that your clubface meets the ball before it is hindered by any of the pine straw lying underneath or next to it. Therefore make sure your stance is in front of the ball so that the ball is the first contact made. If there happens to be a pile of straw behind the ball, don’t be tempted to move it. Further guidelines are given below for such situations.

Which pine needles to move and which to leave alone

If the ball moves even slightly while you are moving pine needles, you will gain a stroke point. The only needles you should be moving are the ones where your feet will stand. You want your feet to be stable so make sure there is no chance of slipping on the pine needles when you make your shot.

What if the ball is buried under pine needles?

Much more care must be taken if your ball is under the straw. The needles that are covering your ball will cause a slippery effect when the clubface meets the ball. In situations like this you simply have to try and chip the ball to the nearest clearing. The closer the better; if you try to hit too far you will likely mess up your aim. Take it extra slow and don’t rush.

Study the lie as best you can

Check under the ball to make sure there are no rocks. Also look around the ball for any other obstacles like stones or large sticks which may hinder your shot.

Swing like a chip shot

The swinging should be approached exactly the same as a chip shot. You will also use a chipping wedge for this shot—any wedge you would usually feel comfortable with for making a chip shot. Remember to maintain a slow, steady upswing and initiate a downswing that is methodical.