Ever find your golf ball
in the middle of the fairway
with a nice big chunk of mud hanging from
it? If you're in a tournament and playing
"Lift, Clean, and Place" (of
lift, clean, and cheat as Tiger Woods
and Jack Nicklaus are fond of saying),
then it's no problem. But if you're not
and you have to play it as it is, then
certain adjustments have to be made.
The first thing to remember
is that the golf ball will tend to spin
or curve in the direction opposite of
the mud. Therefore, if the mud is on the
left side of the golf ball, the ball will
tend to curve to the right,
and vice versa. So make sure you aim accordingly
to take the curvature into account. Also,
take an extra club (a 6 in place of a
7) and swing easier at the shot. The easier
you swing, the less spin you will produce
and the ball will not curve as much.
Does this actually happen?
I was standing near the 10th fairway at
the Masters this year with another golf
professional and we watched as Colin Montgomerie
found his ball in the middle of the fairway
with a clump of mud on the left side.
We both wondered aloud if Colin knew about
how the ball reacts to the mud. He then
hit the shot and we watched as his ball
wobbled through the air as it curved into
the right greenside bunker. Maybe I should
try to find Colin's email address so we
could subscribe him to our newsletter?!?
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