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Bobby, With the TV coverage of last week’s exciting British Open at Royal Portsrush and this week and now the Senior British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Annes, I am getting stoked about the upcoming trip with my friends to Scotland next month. What advice do you have for someone who hasn’t ever played the British Isles?

Tom
July 24, 2019

Bobby’s Answer

Great question Todd,

While there is a lot of advice I could give you, the secret to playing good golf on most courses in Great Britain and Scotland is understanding links style golf. I have great memories of playing in both the Open and Senior Open Championships many times. Playing links golf requires one to control trajectory, especially with the wedges.

One common misconception golfers make when playing wedges into the wind is moving the ball back in their stance, steepening the angle of attack, changing their path and creating more inconsistency. Learning to use the same ball position increases consistency. If you want the ball flight lower, simply shorten the swing and reduce your clubhead speed.

Though launch angle will be the same as a full swing, the ball will have less spin and peak out lower, giving you the optimum trajectory for your wedge shots and consistency into the wind. In this video, I use Royal Troon as an example, but it’s true for all into the wind shots.

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