Sole man

We often find unpredictable lies around the green – perhaps sitting up in thick rough or down on a hard, closely mown area – and this can make striking the ball consistently with the wedges tough.

Instead of reaching for the sand wedge pick out a hybrid or lofted fairway wood, they have great versatility and can offer a great deal of consistency with a little practice.

To play the shot, adopt a putting stance with the ball and your weight slightly forward of centre. From here, grip down the shaft to a comfortable position and feel as though the club is gliding across the turf – much like your putting stroke. The thicker sole and low weighting of the clubhead will help eliminate fluffed shots and any grabbing or twisting of the clubhead around impact making those short chips much simpler.