How to Hit From the Fringe

Have you ever hit a horrible shot from the fringe?

Maybe you stubbed your wedge and watched your ball dribble just a few inches forward.

Or, maybe you used your putter but you hit it way too hard and watched your ball roll way past the hole.

Either way you’re going to wind up with an extra shot on your scorecard and an overwhelming sense of frustration.

The next time you find your ball on the fringe avoid these common mistakes by keeping a few simple tips in mind

Use your putter

A bad putt is almost ALWAYS better than a bad chip. That’s why I always recommend using your putter whenever you are playing from the fringe.

Evaluate the terrain

As you walk up to the green make sure you are evaluating the slope of the terrain. Is the hill above your ball, below your ball, or even with your ball? This can have a huge impact on how your ball will roll out so it’s important to make a mental note.

Evaluate the grain

Bend down and take a look at the grass. If it’s growing toward your ball you can expect a slower roll and if it’s growing away from your ball you can expect a faster roll.

Evaluate the turf

Is the grass wet or dry? Wet or damp turf can slow your ball down while dry turf can cause your ball to roll out much faster.

Accelerate through impact

Once you’ve evaluated the terrain, the grain, and the turf, and established your target line it’s time to address the ball and make your stroke. Just remember to accelerate your putter head through the ball at impact. Slowing your putter down through the ball at impact will lead to stubbed putts and inconsistent performance.

Keeping these tips in mind will give you a big advantage next time you find your ball on the fridge. Just don’t forget to give them a try on the practice green too!

9 Responses to How to Hit From the Fringe

  1. Pete December 24, 2016 at 6:36 pm #

    Keeping these tips in mind will give you a big advantage next time you find your ball on the fridge.

    I prefer to keep mine cool, IN the fridge! Merry Christmas to all!

  2. Bruce Appeldorn January 6, 2017 at 10:42 am #

    If you want to get it close putt it, if you want to make it chip it. so learn how to chip

  3. Hal Timmer January 7, 2017 at 10:02 am #

    In my old age I have also discovered I can be from about one to three feet
    back from the fringe and depending on how LONG that grass is I can usually
    STILL get closer to the pin with my putter rather then trying to chip or pitch
    with an iron. Hitting down somewhat on the ball seems to cause it to jump
    up on top of the long grass and it rolls quite well.

    • Elwood (Woody) White March 9, 2017 at 7:38 am #

      Hal, I agree, I use the same method, works best for me. I think Bruce watches the pros on TV to much, chipping requires a lot of practice and skill, that makes the game more like work, then fun.

  4. Richard Polakowski March 10, 2017 at 5:35 pm #

    Excellent tips to add to anyone’s tool kit around and on greens. It really comes down to playing the highest % shot and that is using a putter. you might even surprise yourself and sink a few.

  5. Tom June 28, 2017 at 5:04 pm #

    You can also experiment with a hybrid or fairway metal. Take the same putting stroke but you will get a bit of a “pop” to get it rolling.

  6. Allah Ali June 28, 2017 at 5:33 pm #

    Try putting with a seven iron if on the fringe….this will give you a little lift and still a putt stoke….I’ve tried all there methods. putter, AW and 7 iron…like all but depends on how I feel and what the green is like….Use it if it works, if not throw it away….

  7. Mike Howes August 4, 2017 at 12:48 pm #

    If the shot is too far from the hole, I use a 7 iron to chip and run. This gets the ball on the ground quickly, doesn’t put a lot of spin on the ball (the problem mid-handicappers have) leaving the ball short. You need to practice enough to realize how far to fly the ball (not far at all). I find this gives me a greater chance of making the shot vs. putting thru longer fringe or just off the fringe.

  8. Gurn Blanston August 6, 2017 at 10:50 am #

    One commenter mentioned hitting his ball from the “fridge”. I tried that in my kitchen – and my wife got mad at me! It’s better to chip from the FRINGE – at the golf course – IMO. – Gurn Blanston

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