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What tough shot do you love?

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The thread about the shot you hate got me to thinking about this.

Most people hate a short shot over a bunker with the pin near to you. I love this shot, for some reason I am better at flopping than chipping and can typically hit it up over the bunker and land close to the pin.

Likewise, I think most people dread a shot with a tree limb or other obstruction above you where you have to hit a low trajectory shot, but I enjoy them. I'm not particularly great at them, I will hit it thin about half the time and shoot it way longer than I meant to, but something about trying to change my shot and hit an iron back in my stance and keeping the ball low just excites me, and I enjoy it despite knowing what may be about to happen.

So, what is the shot that most people hate, that you actually enjoy trying to pull off?

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Not sure if it qualifies as a "tough shot" if you enjoy it, but I love bunker shots.  Greenside or fairway, it doesn't matter.  I tend to play them pretty well and get a lot of satisfaction from doing so.....

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Fairway bunker from 160-180

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Any shot where I have to use a club in a way in which it wasn't originally intended to be used.  Using a driver from the deck is a fun shot, especially when it's windy or I have to keep the ball low.  I've even used a driver to "chip" a shot from 30 feet off the green, when I had to chip under a branch which was only about 6 inches above the ground.  I also like flopping my 56° over trees which intervene between my ball and the green.  Both types of shots tend to amaze and astound my playing companions.

I sort of have to like obstructed shots, since I'm confronted with them so often.

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The ol' trap draw. Actually any punch shot.

I also like short irons/wedges out of old divots. I always seem to catch them solid.

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30-50 yard flop shot when the green is blocked by a tree. I have so much confidence in these so its not exactly "tough" for me but it seems to wow the people I play with.

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Fairway bunker for one.  the other is a very hard fade to get out of trouble or on to a green from a blocked lie.  I have been successful with this one a lot this year. The low punch draw is a fun one too.

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Low punch shots especially on tree-lined fairways. Had some success in getting the ball back in play or even approaches for a GIR.

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A short iron from a divot ranks pretty highly.

As does a swooping hook from out of trouble and onto the green.

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I like hitting a 3w or Driver punch from out of thick trees on a hard pan or rocky or root filled surface.  Picking a reasonable path through the trunks and a hook or cut path.  I aim at a tree trunk because I know I won't hit what I am aiming at then I take a short backswing and hit it hard and low with a very low follow through.  I punch out of there and get a good recovery distance for an up and down.  I have several holes that the shot is in play and I love it, especially after a 150 yard drive in to trouble.  Pisses off the playing partners who thought I was dead.

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Terraced green: Putt to lower tier. Often I will hit a putting stroke with a 7-iron, the ball will check right at the top edge, and trickle down to the cup. A putter shot would have too much momentum, and likely run well past the cup.

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Flop shots over stuff. For some reason that really gets me.
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Any time I'm able to hit the ball insanely high, especially if there's a ton of room to draw it. I naturally hit the ball with a high draw so it gives me the chance to completely cut loose. Plus, playing the ball forward in my stance seems to give me the best contact. I am decent at hitting fades but I don't always locate them as well and don't hit them full, making them more useful off the tee.

I also have a very high success rate hitting my 3w off the deck. It's not a shot I have often, but I never practice with it off a tee to increase the difficulty. As a result, I feel very confident from around 260-280 from the fairway or rough. That's good, since most of the time I'm at that range is the result of a mishit tee shot.

Finally, getting up and down with my new lob wedge. I still can't putt but the first part is going fantastic. I had a lousy ball striking day this week but still got 9 of 11 inside 10 feet for a par putt. Still beat my previous best on that course by 5 shots.

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Originally Posted by LuciusWooding

Any time I'm able to hit the ball insanely high, especially if there's a ton of room to draw it. I naturally hit the ball with a high draw so it gives me the chance to completely cut loose. Plus, playing the ball forward in my stance seems to give me the best contact. I am decent at hitting fades but I don't always locate them as well and don't hit them full, making them more useful off the tee.

I also have a very high success rate hitting my 3w off the deck. It's not a shot I have often, but I never practice with it off a tee to increase the difficulty. As a result, I feel very confident from around 260-280 from the fairway or rough. That's good, since most of the time I'm at that range is the result of a mishit tee shot.

Finally, getting up and down with my new lob wedge. I still can't putt but the first part is going fantastic. I had a lousy ball striking day this week but still got 9 of 11 inside 10 feet for a par putt. Still beat my previous best on that course by 5 shots.

You hit your 3 wood 280 off the fairway?

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Any good shots I hit with my Wilson Staff FG-17 1 iron or my Joe Powell persimmon driver and 3 wood. I am not "good enough" to play this stuff, but when I pure one (a blind hog occasionally finds an acorn) it is great.
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Low Punch draw under a tree from about 120-175 yards out. It seems like I'm about 50% likely to get my next shot to a "puttable" distance.

I can't hit a punch "cut" to save my life, but the draw shot seems to work almost every time.

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None, I like the shots from the fairway. I will say that high pitch down hill that you need to land on the fringe in order to roll right onto the green is really satisfying.

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