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Steve Astle: Assessing shots - Use the five L's

By: Emga (East Midlands Golf Academy) | Wed 23 Aug 2017 | Comments ()

Steve shows you his method to examine your situations on the golf course to make the best possible decision and execute the most appropriate shot.

This method all starts with the '5 L's,' an easy pneumonic device to help you remember what to do when you are under pressure out on the course.

  • Lies - This is your initial decision in the process, examine your lie carefully to decide what shots are possible to play from it, ie. a buried lie would rule out most shots with high levels of control.
  • Landing Point - The second stage is to identify the landing point you feel will be most effective when carrying out your shot. This may change depending on a downhill slope or uphill slope, or even the pace of greens on different courses.
  • Line - The third stage is to examine the correct line you need to take for your shot to get closest to the pin or the area you are looking to play towards. 
  • Look - The fourth stage is the look, this is the vision of the shot you have in mind to play. Without a vision to play a certain shot you are not mentally prepared to execute it effectively without visualizing it first. 
  • Loft - The final stage is deciding the club and the loft you need to have to execute the shot effectively. A hanging branch from a tree or deep bunker infront of you would encourage a low lofted club or a high lofted club respectively. 

By adhearing to all of these 5 L's, you will give yourself the best possible chance to execute your desired shot on the course. 

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