If you’ve played muddy courses, chances are good you hit your share of bad shots. Many golfers play poorly in the mud. The reason: Their afraid of kicking up a wet mess and getting sprayed with mud. This fear can cause you to swing tentatively and to miss making direct contact with the ball.  Anytime you do those two things, you risk mis-hitting shots. While your problem is more psychological than mechanical, it’s still costing you strokes.

Below are five keys to help your play muddy courses:

Shift weight to front foot

  • Check ball position
  • Watch out for early release
  • Maintain a downward angle of attack
  • Make ball first contact

You can’t let the mud become a mental block. Otherwise, you’ll play poorly whenever you play on muddy courses. The key is to stay aggressive and make ball first contact.

Golfers often hold back when playing in the mud and don’t shift their weight correctly. Shift your weight normally. You want to feel like it is on your front foot. Also, check your ball position. Sometimes, golfers let the ball creep too far forward in the mud.

Golfers also tend to release the club early in the mud. Lead into the shot with your wrists, like you normally do, and maintain your wrist cock as long as you can. You want to feel as if you released the club after the ball is struck.

Also critical is maintaining a downward angle of attack. Sometimes, golfers let their swings get to shallow when playing in the mud, causing them to hit behind the ball. Be careful, though. You don’t want to get too choppy with your swing, either.

Don’t let the mud throw you for a loop. Playing aggressively and making ball first contact is the secret to playing well in the mud.


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