The 180 rule

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Another lesson I understood only just recently is the impact of a straight-angle shot out of the rough vs. a curved shot. I was aware that curved shots lose a lot of distance when applied from the rough (or sand, etc), but I didn’t realize how far these straight 180 degree shots can go! I never really had these shots in my repertoire, but now I use them quite a bit — an A3 or C1-type shot is a great way to maintain distance from the rough while also fighting wind or slope by coming in at an angle! Also beware of how far woods travel in relation to high-lofted irons — I missed quite a few greens long before I realized the impact this kind of shot has. You’ll also notice the distance you lack if you don’t pull back on shots from the rough. Get some practice with these shots to recover from errant tee shots and still hit the green with ease!

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  1. Sure — 180 degree just refers to shooting the ball forward at the same angle you pulled back. A B2, A3, C1, or anything in-between are examples of these shots. It’s 180 degrees because the trackball goes in a straight line back and forward.

    This shot is best used out of the rough or off the tee for long, straight drives. As you may know, you lose distance if you don’t pull back the ball before shooting forward, in all situations. So, if you need to shoot a long shot slightly left or right out of the rough or off the tee, it’s best to pull back at the same angle which you plan to shoot forward to gain the extra distance. If you don’t pull back, you won’t get as much distance, and if you try something like an A2 or, even worse, an A1 (out of the rough), your ball won’t get there.

    So how much is distance impacted? Good question — it’s hard to define. I’d say you can add 20-30 yards to a drive off the tee as opposed to a non-pullback shot, and you’ll probably see similar results (about 5% more distance) using this shot out of the rough as opposed to a non-pullback shot. And you only need to try an A1 or C3 shot out of the rough once or twice to see the enormous impact it has on distance (can be cut as much as 50%)!

  2. How far left/right of the pin would a C1/A3 shot from the rough land, assuming no wind? A full turn? What about from the fairway?

  3. From the fairway, the angle is close to 2 turns (with a driver)! The lower the loft, the more you’ll end up past center.

    From the rough, you can expect the ball to end up halfway to the target closer to the middle. So, if you do need to shoot a big hook out of the rough, club WAY up if you can!

  4. I use 180 shots alot but usually only in small degrees, never past 1/2 way to the 1 or 3.. When is is such a hard angle 180 for beneficial than turning your player?

  5. If the wind is blowing hard left, for example, and I’m shooting into a pin on the right side of the green, I’ll play this shot. If you rotate right and hit it straight, the wind will carry your ball all the way to the left side of the green. If you attack the wind, though, you can end up in the middle of the green with this shot and have a shorter putt.

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