How To Swing From Trees




Situation

Your ball is between two trees and you can't make your normal swing.

Challenge

You need to swing the club more upright, but trying to make yourself "thin" by standing straight up and then swinging your club vertically with your hands and arms isn't the answer. When you do that, you take your body turn out of the shot and you'll almost assuredly hit a shank. On the other hand, if you take your normal stance and posture then your backswing will be severely restricted, and you won't generate the power you need to reach the green.

Solution

Try bending over more from your hips and gripping down to make your club shorter. The closer to horizontal you get your spine, the more upright your swing plane will become as you rotate your shoulders and body through your swing. In the lower photo below, I've bent over slightly and gripped down on a 7-iron. Even though the club is shorter, you can still make a full swing with a more powerful body turn and a normal cocking of your wrists. As a result, you can generate reasonable power to move the ball a good distance.

TEST YOUR ESCAPE-SWING EFFICIENCY

Find a tree near a practice range and hit 10 shots with the tree two feet behind your ball. Use your normal posture and grip your 7-iron at full length. The tree should restrict your normal backswing to no more than three feet, and severely limit how far you can hit the shots. Next, set up in the same place, but bend over more, grip down on the shaft and stand closer to the ball. Take a slowmotion practice swing to make sure your club swings up and misses the tree. If it doesn't, bend over even more. Hit 10 shots as far as you can. In all likelihood you'll hit these both better and longer than with the limited-length swings.

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This is a great tip. I found myself in that situation before and I made a mess of it. When it happens again, I'll know what to do , thanks to you.

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Great pictures and a great tip. Most of us end up in the situation, so it's good to learn how to get out of it.