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The Bump and Run Golf Shot

When to Use the Bump and Run Golf Shot

The bump and run shot, also known as the chip and run or run-up, is a golf shot all golfers must know how to make to round out their game around the green.  It should be used only in certain situations, which we’ll cover later.  But for the golfer who really wants to boost his short game, like the lob shot this method of playing your golf ball adds one more weapon to your arsenal.  And it’s not that tough to pull off with a little practice.

 

To begin with, what makes a golf shot a bump and run?  It is a shot executed around the green where the golf ball is struck to roll on the ground for a longer distance.  Typically when we pitch the ball toward the green, the golf ball will stay in flight most of the time, and then roll a short distance.  You will use this golf shot for greater control, but unless you are just showing off you ought to decide to hit every one of your golf shots for greater control.  It is only under specific circumstances the bump and run shot will be the one to opt for.

When should You Use the Bump and Run Shot?

1.     When there are no hazards in front of you.  This not only includes bunkers, but also wet grass or whatever terrain that will make it uncertain how the ball is going to roll through.  If you do not know how the ball will release when rolled, better to try to fly the ball over it.
2.    When it is particularly breezy.  If the wind is going to affect the flight of the ball, the bump and run is going to eliminate this variable.
3.    When you have a tight lie.  A tight lie is one where your golf ball lies on bare earth or very short grass.  The margin for error to make a true pitch shot will be reduced, because if the ball gets struck just a bit fat, the wedge will bounce off the turf, causing you to skull the golf shot or hit it very thin.  You’ll hit slightly higher at the golf ball using the run-up shot.

 

Things to Consider when Applying this Shot

1.    Begin with the golf ball toward the center or slightly back in your stance, the weight towards the front foot with the feel of leaning in the direction of the target.
2.    Make the club shorter by gripping down the shaft, stand closer to the ball, and press your hands forward.  This would decrease the club loft.
3.    Shorten the back swing and also the follow-through.  The shorter the stroke, the improved control over the golf shot.
4.    This will be very important:  keep the wrists firm in the course of the stroke, and hit down and through the ball.  By no means try to lift it.

The last point is the choice of club.   Many people prefer using different lofted clubs depending around the shot they want to hit, possibly going to as low as a five iron for the real long run.  I favor using one club, my wedge, as I think I can manipulate the same club for different results.  But that is my way.  The main thing is to do whatever works for you.

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