How to Play Links Golf: Skim the Turf from Tight Lies

The Open returns to Royal Portrush and Northern Ireland this week for the first time since 1951. The rugged Dunluce Links Course figures to provide a stern test for the best players in the world in the year’s final major, with the game’s oldest and most iconic trophy, the Claret Jug, on the line.

Expect Royal Portrush to challenge golfers with similar conditions to the other links courses in the Open Championship rota, including very tight, firm lies around the greens. All week long we’re sharing tips from our GOLF Academy lead coaches on how to best play links golf, and today, noted putting and short game guru Todd Sones explains why it’s necessary to take a shallow angle of approach into the ball when chipping or pitching off these tight greenside lies. The analogy Sones uses is that of a plane coming in for a landing—you don’t want it crashing into the ground, you want it skimming the turf. Check out the following video to learn how to play this tricky short game shot just like the pros.