Bump and run or fly it to the hole?

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jjfcpajjfcpa Driver - Tour Edge EXS 10.5Omaha, NE 745WRX Points: 248Handicap: 12Members Posts: 745 Golden Tee
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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.

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  • GolfWRXGolfWRX Warning Points: 0  11 Members Posts: 11 #ad
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  • DavePelz4DavePelz4 A golf course in the Chicago area. 25293WRX Points: 2,358Handicap: 2 ManyClubWRX Posts: 25,293 ClubWRX
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    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.

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  • HiSpeed48HiSpeed48  2109WRX Points: 117Members Posts: 2,109 Platinum Tees
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    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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    I take the low route before the high route.

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    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 angeles 201WRX Points: 171ClubWRX Posts: 201 ClubWRX
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    just like BBQ - low and slow

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  • ballzoballzo Sacramento, CA 646WRX Points: 123Handicap: 5Members Posts: 646 Golden Tee
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    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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  • braincramp52braincramp52 Freeport, Illinois 6159WRX Points: 1,440Handicap: 10Members Posts: 6,159 Titanium Tees
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    Always bump and run unless the green is running away from me.

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  • CDLgolfCDLgolf  962WRX Points: 154Members Posts: 962 Golden Tee
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    Bump and run works better for me.

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  • LaymanMLaymanM Cincinnati, OH 2211WRX Points: 302Handicap: 7Members Posts: 2,211 Platinum Tees
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    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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    When it is possible, B&R is my go-to.

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  • MadGolfer76MadGolfer76 Maine 20333WRX Points: 898Members Posts: 20,333 Titanium Tees
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    Fly it.

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  • lefty1978lefty1978 Charlotte, NC 585WRX Points: 353Handicap: 8.7Members Posts: 585 Golden Tee
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    Fly it.

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

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  • towncryertowncryer  464WRX Points: 242Handicap: 5ishMembers Posts: 464 Greens
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    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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    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.

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  • MobMob Just Another Lefty Indianapolis 3527WRX Points: 207Handicap: 5.5Members Posts: 3,527 Titanium Tees
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    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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    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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    I use a 54* if flying it and back of my stance 50* for the bump and run.

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    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  9WRX Points: 17Handicap: 2Members Posts: 9 Bunkers
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    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.

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  • Carl Spackler3Carl Spackler3  1183WRX Points: 356Members Posts: 1,183 Platinum Tees
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    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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    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  4660WRX Points: 558Members Posts: 4,660 Titanium Tees
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    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.

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  • PeteWPeteW Rookie  288WRX Points: 65Handicap: 11Members Posts: 288 Greens
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    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.

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  • larryd3larryd3  630WRX Points: 123Handicap: 11Members Posts: 630 Golden Tee
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    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... south carolina 30250WRX Points: 6,604Handicap: NONEMembers Posts: 30,250 Titanium Tees
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    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  280WRX Points: 87Handicap: 22Members Posts: 280 Greens
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    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.

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  • Chuck905Chuck905  1382WRX Points: 243Handicap: 7Members Posts: 1,382 Platinum Tees
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    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  204WRX Points: 91Members Posts: 204 Fairways
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    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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