The general methodology of a bump & run shot is to land the ball a third of the way on the green and let the ball run the remaining two thirds distance to the hole. The margin of error on a bump and run shot is far less than trying to loft the ball high in the air and land it close to the hole with minimum run. Remember, you can land an object on a spot closer to you much more effectively than on a spot that is farther away.

This shot is best executed from a short grass lie with a 7, 8 or 9 iron or PW, depending on the distance you are from the hole. You can also use a SW for this shot if you are in the rough, as the rough will take away the normal spin that is imparted on the ball. The ball must be placed in the back of your stance. Your weight should be leaning on your front leg and your hand position should be slightly forward of the ball. The stroke should be executed similarly to a putting stroke, without a breaking of the wrist, thus achieving a one-lever motion.

The PGA & LPGA Tour professionals have been taking advantage of the ease of bumping and running the ball. Phil Mickelson is now running the ball more than ever because he has more control with it than his old go to flop shot. He is seeing the value in keeping the ball on the ground and running it wherever possible.

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