Lucy Locket
By Lucy Locket

All golfers hit bad shots, but hitting two bad shots in a row can really cost you. If you hit a bad tee shot, sometimes the best practice is to take your medicine, get back in play and limit the damage. In this video, Scott Cranfield explains how to do that effectively.

Consider Your Options

Wherever you find your ball off the tee, you have a number of options. If you ball is in a terrible lie, with no chance of recovery, you can take a drop. However, consider whether you can advance the ball 30 or 40 yards and get back in play. You don't have to hit a full shot, sometimes just chipping it back to the fairway can be easier than you think and save you shots.


Often if you ball is near a tree or a bush, you will need to adapt your swing and/or stance to hit the ball. Be ready to improvise and do what is needed to get in a position to rescue your ball and your score.

Choose The Correct Loft

Because we often have to bend or stretch to get in position, the loft of the club can be altered significantly from a normal set-up position. Be sure to assess both your stance, the lie and the trouble around you so that you give yourself the best chance to get back in play. If you need to hit the ball short, but low, don't grab a wedge. Likewise, if the ball needs to be positioned well back in your stance, be sure to take enough loft to allow for this position.