There are many different types of shot the golfer must play during a round of golf. We must play shots from the teeing
ground with woods, hybrids, and irons. We must advance the ball with all those clubs as well. While approaching the
green we tend to use the variety of irons we carry in our bags. In the short game, say inside 100 yards we must learn
to play a variety of partial wedge shots. When the ball comes to rest around the green, yet still off the green, we must
learn a variety of shots that allows us to get the ball up close to the hole where the ball can be one-putted. Finally,
once the ball comes to rest on the green we must learn to putt.
What this means is we must learn to use all 14 clubs we are allowed to carry in our bags, and we must learn to play a
minimum of 10 different types of shots if we are going to be even avidly accomplished as a golfer. We must learn to
play a driving wood off the tee and a fairway wood or hybrid off the ground. We must learn to play a full stroke with
the irons, as well as a control shot with the irons. We must learn to play a couple of partial wedge shots so we can
play the ball onto the green once the ball is inside 100 yards to the green. Once the ball is inside 30 yards we have
lofted shots that fly all the way to the hole, and some that fly 75% in the air and roll out about 25% of the way. We
have 50-50 shots that fly 50% of the way and roll out 50% of the way. We have 25-75 shots that fly 25% of the way
and roll out 75% of the way. Beyond that we need to play sand shots and we need to putt the ball once the ball is on
the green. As you can see, the task of playing golf is an involved process.
As you learn to play golf through the New Horizons Golf Approach you will discover that it is recommended you
develop a progressive training routine. What this means is you develop a short game and range routine that starts
with the smallest strokes and progresses up to the more full swings. As each stroke progresses, it simply becomes a
larger version of the smaller strokes. You may have also read that the New Horizons Golf Approach advocates using
swing-sayings instead of swing-thoughts. With this in mind a short game routine may start with putting while using a
swing-saying such as "Roll-Hole."
When the golfer has played enough "Roll-Hole" strokes with a putting it is time to move on to putting with an iron from
just off the green. To putt with an iron, you choose a 9 iron, 8 iron, or 7 iron (for example - longer irons and hybrids
can also be used) and you toe the club down until the club shaft is at the same angle your putter shaft aligns at
address. Since the club has loft, once the club is toe down the clubface will be aimed open, therefore you need to
close the clubface down until it is actual square. It may look closed from the address view, however it is actually
square because the lofted club is toed down and then closed up to a square position. Once the club is aligned
properly you take hold of the club and make a putting stroke with it. Once again the golfer uses the "Roll-Hole" swing
saying. In this case the shot is lofted into the air slightly and then lands on the ground some 25% of the way to the
hole, then rolls the rest of the 75% of the way to the hole.
When the golfer has played enough "Roll-Hole" strokes with an iron he transitions to a Gap Wedge or Pitching Wedge
and plays some 50-50 shots. The 50-50 shot is what we call a tossing shot in the New Horizons Golf Approach. This
is because the golfer uses the image of tossing the ball to the hole with the golf club much like he would do so with his
hand. For this shot he may use "Toss-Hole" as his swing saying. Without going into detail, the golfer must find the
ball position and the proper lofted wedge so that when he executes a tossing type stroke the ball lands on a spot 50%
of the way to the hole and rolls the rest of the way to the hole.
When the golfer has played enough "Toss-Hole" shots he transitions to a Sandwedge or Lob Wedge to play the 75-25
shot. The 75-25 shot is called the clipping shot in the New Horizons Golf Approach. This is because the golfer uses
the leading edge of the clubface to clip the bottom of the ball and the grass at the same time. By aligning the leading
edge, clubface, and shaft angle so that the clubface can precisely clip the bottom of the ball cleaning, a lot of spin is
created and the shot can be lofted into the air and flown 75% of the way to the hole. Upon landing it checks, skips,
and the rolls the rest of the way to the hole. This shot is used widely by touring professionals and top amateurs. It
scares the average golfer at first, however those New Horizons Golfers and amateurs that have tried it find it is a very
valuable and accessible shot to play. For this shot the golfer may use "Clip-Hole" as his swing-saying.
When the golfer has played enough "Clip-Hole" shots he transitions to a more lofted Sandwedge or Lob Wedge to
play what the New Horizons Golf Approach calls a Cut-Under shot. It is called the cut-under shot because the golfer
adds a significant amount of loft to the address alignment of the wedge and proceeds to make a stroke that cuts a little
divot right out from under the ball. This action lofts the ball more vertically into the air in such a manner that it lands
softly and stops very quickly. Upon landing the ball either hoops and stops, or simply stops with very little roll out.
This shot is commonly called the Flop Shot, or Lob Shot. The New Horizons Golfer playing the shot may simply as
"Cut-Hole" as his swing saying. Many New Horizons Golfer's say "Cut-Under" because it precisely describes what the
stroke is intended to accomplish.
With these short game shots in mind the progression of shots in the short game proceeds from "Roll-Hole" putting to
"Roll-Hole" putting with an iron, to "Toss-Hole" shots with a wedge, to "Clip-Hole" a lofted wedge, to "Cut-Hole" shots
with the most lofted wedge. Once the golfer transitions beyond the short game into the partial wedge shots the golf
can build on either the "tossing" action, the "clipping" action, or the "cutting" action.
For example, if the golfer is going to stick with "tossing" she may start with "toss-hole" shots and move up to
"small-toss" shots. For most golfers a "small-toss" will travel further than a "toss-hole" action. For example,
"toss-hole" shots will generally be played within 10 feet of the edge of the green while "small-toss" action will be played
out to about 30 feet from the edge of the green. When the golfer has played enough "small-toss" shots she can move
up to "mid-toss" shots. These "mid-toss" shots will be played when the ball is in a position 30-60 feet from the edge of
the green. When a golfer has played enough "mid-toss" shots she can move up to "large-toss" shots. These
"large-toss" shots will be played when the ball is in a position 60-90 feet from the edge of the green. Here we can
imagine a basic progression of tossing shots from "toss-hole" to "small-toss" to "mid-toss" to "large-toss." Keep in
mind that all of these shots are played with roll-out in mind. If you want the shots to stop quicker you would need to
play clipping versions or cutting versions.
Beyond large tosses, the New Horizons Golfer develops a swing-toss, swing-swing, and swing-finish action to complete
the process of playing progressive wedge shots. "Swing-toss" shots are played with a little swing in the backstroke
with a tossing action in the forward stroke. These shots are generally used in the 30-60 yard range. "Swing-swing"
shots are played with a little swing in the backstroke and a little swing in the forward stroke. They are generally played
in the 60-90 yard range. "Swing-Finish" is the first stroke that reaches the basic finish position and it is what New
Horizons Golfers call the control shot. In the scenario discuss above it would be played 100 yards.
Notice how each saying in the progressive process sounds larger than the preceding saying. Since it sounds larger, it
will produce a shot that flies further. This is the beauty of the progressive process, the swing-sayings encourage the
action and the actions produce a series of shots that are predictable and progressive in nature. The key for each
golfer is finding the swing-saying that encourage the proper actions. Though we may all speak the same language,
we perceive the meaning of the language differently and therefore we need to find our own applications in order to
find a workable process. Using a swing-saying is an application and therefore we need to customize the swing-sayings
to our own particular needs.
Once the golfer is ready to progress beyond the partial shots the process continues by choosing words that
encourage more powerful actions. The golfer may simply say "Turn-Finish" to play a shot further than the
"Swing-Finish" action does. "Turn-Finish" strokes would be very appropriate for the standard shot played with 9, 8, &
7 irons. If this is the case he might say "Coil-Finish" with the 6, 5, & 4 irons. Golfers intuitively believe they need to do
more with the longer clubs in order to produce a more powerful shot. Therefore saying "Coil-Finish" will match this
intuitive perception. When it comes to Hybrids and Woods they require a more sweeping action, therefore the golfer
might say "Sweep-Finish." The word sweep encourages a sweeping action, however it also is a longer word and takes
longer to say, so it encourages a longer stroke; something that is appropriate intuitively for the longest clubs.
Now, some people do better with 3 words with the more full shots and some people do better with 4 words. A 3 word
progression might be "Swing-Turn-Finish" for the 9, 8, & 7 irons, "Turn-Turn-Finish" for the 6, 5, & 4 irons, and
"Turn-Sweep-Finish" for the sweeping clubs. A 4 word progression might be "Swing-Back Swing-Finish" for the 9, 8, &
7 irons, "Swing-Back Turn-Finish" for the 6, 5, & 4 irons, and "Turn-Back Sweep-Finish" for the sweeping clubs.
Whatever the case, notice the progressive nature of using swing-sayings in this manner.
Once again, each of you can find your own progressive pattern with your own progressive set of swing-sayings. The
value in it, as all New Horizons Golfers find out, is that you are simply building on a single shot pattern. Instead of
learning a whole array of different shots, you are learning a pattern of shots that are built upon the same foundation
and simply get larger at the occasion is needed. We encourage all of you to take the time to find your own
progressive pattern of shots, a pattern you can depend upon under the gun when playing on the golf course either in
competition or for fun.
All these shots, and the progressive nature of the shot patterns are discussed throughout the New Horizons Golf
Approach books. However, 5 of the Pocket Coach books are dedicated specifically to playing these shots. Pocket
Coaches volumes 9, 10, 11, and 12 are specifically organized to discuss the progressive nature of the shot patterns
from putting to playing the woods. Pocket Coach volume 5 shows a specific application for stacking power and playing
a pattern of shots that vary in trajectory and power output. You can view these books on the publications page of this
website. They are also located to the right side of this page. If you want a brief overview of what is in each book,
simply click on the icon below each book that matches the name of the book.
Good luck, and go out there and find your shots!!
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