How to Hit a Shot out of Water Hazard
When the ball drops into the water, you might wonder if you should hit the shot or not if the rule allows you to do so.
Today, I would like to talk about how to judge if you should hit the shot out of water and how to hit this shot successfully.
How to Judge if You should Hit it or not
First, you have to judge whether you should hit this shot or not if the rule allows you to do so.
In my opinion, you should never attempt to hit the ball out of water if the ball is completely in the water.
In this case, there is a very little chance of getting it out. It's just too risky to attempt the shot.
But if any part of ball is above the water surface, you might have a chance to hit this shot.
It depends of the situation, but if the half of the ball is above the water, you have a good chance of hitting the ball out.
If you are a good player and a quarter of the ball above the water surface, you might want to think about hitting the shot.
How to Hit the Shot
Let’s say that the half of the ball is above the surface, you have a good chance of getting the ball out.
Here is how to hit this shot.
Hitting the ball out of water is very much like hitting the ball out of the sand.
Please check the article, How to Hit the Bunker Shot to find out how to address the ball.
The only thing that's different about hitting the ball out of water is that you might want to use pitching wedge.
You can also use your sand wedge. But pitching wedge doesn't have the bounce so it might be easier to get the club under the water.
After taking your address just like a bunker shot, aim a few inches behind the ball.
Also, when you are in the water hazard, you can't touch the water with your club. So please be careful.
When hitting the shot, try not to look up early to avoid water at impact.
If you try to avoid water at impact, you tend to decelerate the club. That's not good.
You want to accelerate the club through impact to get the ball out successfully.
Thank you for taking your time to read this article.
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