Getting Out of Trouble Like Phil Mickelson

As an amateur, we find the most unusual places on the golf course for our ball to hid. We do not intentionally place ourselves in these predicaments, but alas hit happens all to often. Professional golfers do so, but with less frequency. The challenge is how to respond to these wayward shots and to make something out of nothing. Phil Mickelson is one of the best of all time at extracting himself from trouble and I wonder what is secret really is to see the shot and the hazard?

As my friend Kirk demonstrates, hitting past a hazard can be a relatively simple thing if you focus on the result and not the trouble in front of you. He made a great recovery shot that left his ball on the green akin to what Phil Mickelson does routinely.

What makes Phil so good at making the fantastic recovery shot is his ability to focus on the result to the challenge. This is a perfect approach that many of us amateurs should adopt. Unfortunately, it is very challenging because it does take a certain amount of skill to make difficult shots and, well, we many not have certain shots in our bag like Mickelson.

I am not sure how to develop this skill. I guess through continued experience of hitting the ball in difficult spots will help, but not something I wish would happen often. I wonder if Phil Mickelson practices placing himself in challenging positions…..probably not.

Here is a fun video for your viewing pleasure:

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

4 thoughts on “Getting Out of Trouble Like Phil Mickelson

  1. Jim, with limited practice time, it’s hard to dedicate cycles to trouble recoveries. On occasion, I’ll hit some 150 yard 3-irons and 100 yard 8-irons. Obviously they are partial and low, but inevitably are what I need on the course. If you can hit these shots, you can manufacture a recovery most of the time.



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  2. I seem to do well with most trouble shots. Flighting the ball low under branches, or high to get over a tree thats too close, hitting between trees, and slicing around obstacles are all things I feel pretty confident in being able to do pretty well. Hooking around an obstacle still makes me sweat though. I know how. I mean I have to. I spent a year trying to get rid of a really big draw. But after all the swing/grip changes I made to rid myself of that too big draw, I find myself worrying any time I even think about having to draw the ball. Thankfully, that seems to come up a lot less when you don’t draw the ball naturally though.

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