Bump and run or fly it to the hole?

jjfcpajjfcpa Members Posts: 371 ✭✭

Ok, we've all been faced with that shot where you can play either a bump and run or a fly it to the hole. Most of these occur around the green and depending on a number of factors you might play one versus the other. The question is, what works best for you and in what circumstances would you choose the bump and run over the fly it to the hole or visa-versa.



  • DavePelz4DavePelz4 A golf course in the Chicago area.ClubWRX Posts: 24,312 ClubWRX

    Lots of factors here. How's the lie, what's the wind doing, how have I been hitting each shot lately. If the green is open, usually trying to get it on the ground running quickly.

  • HiSpeed48HiSpeed48 Members Posts: 2,108 ✭✭

    In those situations where both options are available I will usually try to fly it to the hole. I'm just not very good at judging speed on long bump-and-runs.

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  • bogeyprobogeypro The Original Bogeypro ClubWRX Posts: 3,227 ClubWRX

    I take the low route before the high route.

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  • puttingmattputtingmatt puttingmatt Members Posts: 5,082 ✭✭

    Bump and run, treat it like a putt,
    If an obstacle is in the way, then pitch to a spot before the hole. Expecting some forward roll

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  • nostaticnostatic "i drank what?!?" Socrates lost angelesClubWRX Posts: 179 ClubWRX

    just like BBQ - low and slow

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  • ballzoballzo Members Posts: 635 ✭✭

    Almost always the bump and run is easier for me to pull off unless the green has some odd sloping or ledge. If its just straight I go low and roll it up.

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  • lawsonmanlawsonman Members Posts: 5,238 ✭✭

    Always bump and run unless the green is running away from me.

    Welcome to where dumb opinions are better than no opinion. :)

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  • CDLgolfCDLgolf Members Posts: 834 ✭✭

    Bump and run works better for me.

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  • LaymanMLaymanM Cincinnati, OHMembers Posts: 2,123 ✭✭

    Depends on lie and the green. My home course has a lot of elevated greens and they also have a lot of slope. Sometimes it's just not an option.

    I think also depends in the clubs. My blades I will do that all day. My g410 not often. Usually run a 50 degree along the ground.

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  • B-NadsB-Nads Members Posts: 320 ✭✭

    When it is possible, B&R is my go-to.

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  • MadGolfer76MadGolfer76 Admiration is the state furthest from understanding. Members Posts: 19,888 ✭✭

    Fly it.

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  • lefty1978lefty1978 Members Posts: 279 ✭✭

    Fly it.

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  • Asiangolfer1995Asiangolfer1995 Members Posts: 119 ✭✭

    I always try to get the ball on the ground unless I absolutely have to fly it there, just makes things easier.

  • towncryertowncryer Members Posts: 392 ✭✭
    edited Apr 23, 2019 12:34am #16

    It's funny...the bump-and-run is an easier shot, but the reason I never use it is because I don't trust my distance control because I never practice the shot...so instead I play a harder shot that's easer to REALLY screw up.

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  • Johnny_FairwayJohnny_Fairway South Jersey (Philly Burbs)Members Posts: 548 ✭✭

    I try to get the ball on the ground as soon as possible. I'm no good at making it check up on a short one, so I'm stuck judging roll out to a certain extent either way.

  • MobMob Just Another Lefty Members Posts: 3,466 ✭✭

    Can everyone also mention what club you use to fly it to the hole and what club you use for a bump and run (assuming OP is ok with this?)

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  • Brentwalker52Brentwalker52 Members Posts: 167 ✭✭

    Usually bump and run with 8 iron if I have to pitch over a bunker will use 56 or 60 depending on where pin is located

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  • FlyOverFlyOver Members Posts: 370 ✭✭

    I use a 54* if flying it and back of my stance 50* for the bump and run.

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  • MobMob Just Another Lefty Members Posts: 3,466 ✭✭

    I have not practiced the bump and run enough, so I have trouble getting the ball consistently the right distance. I use a 56 or 60 degree to fly the ball to the hole. If I were to try an bump and run, I would use a 50 degree, with the ball off my back foot.

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  • SaltyFoxSaltyFox Members Posts: 8 ✭✭

    I used to favor flying it but over the last couple years I’ve gone to primarily using bump n’ run. I’ll typically use an 8i if I’m on fringe or fairway. I’ll go to my 54 if the lie is a little dicey, but I still try to turn it into a running shot if possible. I have a 58 if I need to hit the soft floater. Since making bump n’ run my go-to I’ve found my par save percentages have gone up significantly.

  • Carl Spackler3Carl Spackler3 Members Posts: 924 ✭✭

    I’m finding it harder to control wedge flight off of Carolina Bermuda grass, I’m back to chipping 7 irons

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  • dpb5031dpb5031 Members Posts: 5,135 ✭✭

    I typically bring 3 clubs with me when I miss greenside, a 9 iron, my 54, and a 62. The 9 is usually a toe-down runner, the 54 a driving spinner with some check then roll-out, or a number of different shots with the 62 from a dead flop to a grabby low spinner.

    I typically (but not always) will use as much loft as is needed to carry all the way to the surface (Bermuda grass) of the green so I only have to be concerned with the speed consistency of a single surface and I dont lose it to the grain.

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  • LeoLeo99LeoLeo99 Members Posts: 3,979 ✭✭

    You mean like the shot Tiger hit on the 72nd hole to win the Masters? Gives me the heebie jeebies thinking about hitting a pitch like that and flying it to the hole. A lot of things can go wrong on a shot like that. I'd be scooting that ball up there with an 8 iron.

  • PeteWPeteW Rookie Members Posts: 242 ✭✭

    Bump and run for me, I have a hard time putting spin on pitches, so I usually fly it to far and then watch it roll out even farther.

  • larryd3larryd3 Members Posts: 578 ✭✭

    Bump and run. Club choice is either 50* or 58 depending on distance and slope

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  • bladehunterbladehunter Today was a good day.... Members Posts: 25,803 ✭✭
    edited Apr 23, 2019 2:22am #28

    Usually flying it. Just no control when you bump it. Never understood why you wouldn’t just use putter. If I want to roll it I’ll use putter. Otherwise sand wedge or pw depending on the length. Lobwedge beyond back foot for shortsided runners.

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  • Jackal66Jackal66 Members Posts: 136 ✭✭

    I don't do well on tight lies.
    Right now some of the grass isn't completely out.
    My Son can still fly to the hole, or a low chip that runs.
    I have some ugly shots.
    100 yards- a running 7 or 8 iron. Maybe an ugly dribble with a 5 wood.
    30 yards off the green- hard roll with a short iron.
    20 foot from the green- 8,9 PW or even a putter.
    Very ugly shots, but I have a 3-10 foot putt afterwards.

  • Chuck905Chuck905 Members Posts: 1,144 ✭✭
    edited Apr 23, 2019 2:33am #30

    I go to my putter then two iron utility first; had more up and in this way. If it’s a delicate short shot near the collar but in the rough, I will blade it like a putt with my SW.

    Last but not least, I have no problem bailing out with the super flop or mini-explosion for a 10-15 feet putt for par. I always smile when I warn new playing companions because afterwards, they mentions it’s such a big swing for a short shot.

    Funny to me that I can stub it with a PW to 3 iron and don’t care about practicing bump and runs; it’s so frickin boring!

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  • PlayfromtheBrainPlayfromtheBrain Members Posts: 170 ✭✭

    I've read this somewhere before, and it would be nice to have in this thread, but can someone tell me the general rule of thumb for bump n runs and the distance that each club loft will travel? Seemed like some useful information when I read it, but can't remember where I found it.

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