On all first-class links a large number of the holes should be so laid out in respect to distance as to call for at least two full shots to reach the green. Where the lie admits and distance is required, the driver is preferably the club to use. It frequently happens, however, that the ball is not lying well, and the brassey is called into requisition, a slightly greater amount of loft on the face enabling the player to get the ball up more quickly. In this connection it may be remarked that the better the player the greater is his ability to negotiate a poor lie. The stroke is practically the same as a tee shot, excepting that the club should be taken up somewhat more vertically and the hands slightly drawn up immediately after the ball is struck, thus making the swing somewhat more elliptical than in the drive proper. The ball should be struck very accurately, and rather with the idea of driving it into the ground. The lofted face, joined to the slight whipping up of the hands at the proper time - that is, after the club meets the ball - will produce the desired result. Do not, on any account, seek to bring the hands up too quickly, otherwise a top will assuredly result. Play with the ball somewhat nearer the right foot, and don't hurry the swing. Disabuse your mind of any idea that a little more effort than usual is necessary; rather go to the other extreme and take things quietly, and concentrate everything upon hitting the ball accurately and smoothly.
For brassey shots generally, it will be found an aid towards accurate striking to look not at the ball itself, but immediately back of it. This will largely prevent the common tendency to top. If, on the other hand, the general run of strokes are sclaffed, the player may find a remedy by reversing the process and looking squarely at the ball, or even at that part of it which is nearer to the hole. With a little practice the player may very soon satisfy himself as to the correct point of aim adaptable to his particular style. As in the tee shot it is very important to keep in mind the necessity of timing the stroke properly. Too much energy is generally wasted by introducing the power too soon. Let the upward swing be such as to get the club back pretty smartly to the horizontal, and to bring it down so as to get the maximum amount of speed within about eighteen inches or so before the ball and about a couple of feet after the ball. Concentrate all the power in that spread of about three or four feet. Upon the wrists devolves the main burden of this particular part of the swing. They impart that delightful snap which contributes so materially to length without apparent effort. This wrist movement in itself is not discernible to the eyes of the onlooker, except in so far as it differentiates the stroke from the ordinary one where the hands are taken back straighter - and, of course, brought down correspondingly. It cannot be illustrated in the ordinary photograph, and, indeed, is very difficult to accurately describe.
Fig. 13 Playing A Hanging Lie The Long Game
Very many players have no difficulty in getting away very good balls from the tee, but are troubled in negotiating a brassey shot. This is perhaps largely attributable to using too high a tee. Driving from a lower tee, or none at all, will be found very helpful when it comes to the second shot.
After the drive, and with the hole still some one hundred and seventy or one hundred and eighty yards away, it will sometimes happen that the ball has to be played from a hanging lie sloping towards the hole, with a bunker intervening. To get the ball up more quickly hit it slightly on the heel of the club, making allowance for the resultant slice by aiming somewhat to the left of the hole. Take particular care to let the club go through the ball according to the dip of the ground, and not to turn the face in.
Illustration Fig. 13 will serve to furnish an idea as to the stance adopted for this particular stroke. It will be observed that the ball is much nearer to the left foot than in the tee shot, while the right foot is more advanced, being a couple of inches or so in front. By striking the ball slightly towards the heel of the club and immediately after bringing the arms somewhat in and finishing well out, a slight spin is imparted to the ball which causes it to rise more quickly. To further assist in getting the ball up the hands should be held somewhat lower down than usual, so as to bring the heel of the club closer to the ground and the toe slightly cocked up.