When the ball and turf are wet and the grooves of your irons are filled with water, don’t expect to put much backspin on the ball. You’ll get a semi-flyer shot, but you won’t get more distance than usual because the weight of the rain will cancel the spinless flight of the ball. In fact, on approach shots it’s generally wise to take one club more than normal and make a controlled, balanced swing to guard against slippage.
When putting, do yourself a favour and keep the ball dry for as long as possible. This means lining up your putt with a marker in place instead of the ball. Don’t set the ball down until you’re ready to address and stroke the putt.
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Acceleration through impact is as vital to the short game as it is with your longer irons and woods. It is the only way to put proper backspin on these shots, for maximum control. So be crisp and aggressive on even your shortest shot, leading the clubhead with your hands as you make a descending hit on the ball.
One way to check yourself is to imagine the short-shot swing as a race between your hand and the clubhead, with your left knee as the finish line. If your hands don’t win that race every time, you need to develop a faster, harder-hitting technique.