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Golf Tips With Mack: Winter strategies

During the winter months the greens on the course will become more firm than normal which means the golfer has to adjust to the "harder" ground.

In these conditions it is better to hit the ball well short of your target and let the ball bounce and roll to the pin. In the summer the golfer can fly the ball up to the flagstick. However, when the greens are hard, you need to land the ball well short of the pin or even in front of the green.

The key thing is to pick out a spot where you want to land the ball and aim at that spot; not necessarily at the pin.

Another thing to try and do is let the club swing down the target line and directly at your target. Practice swinging the club through the ball and point the club at your target and hold that pose for a few seconds.

This is a good reminder and will help with your direction as you practice this simple but effective "bump and run" shot.

Mack McCarley, is the PGA Golf Professional at the Antelope Hills Golf Course and a member of the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame.

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