Many golfers of varied skill sets never practice their short game golf, and it shows on the course.
While religiously working away on hitting full blown golf shots on the driving range, few players take the time to practice the most crucial elements of golfing.
If you’re not hitting greens with these shots and are reliant on short game golf strategy, the only way to get better comes from practicing.
Statistically, around 65% of all golf shots taken will land 100 yards in, an area considered to be short game.
Since such a high number of balls land in this region, every golfer should take a serious look at how well they’re performing there.
Most golfers outside of the PGA Tour’s top strikers will rarely crack a 300 yard drive on the golf course.
Because of this clear reality for most, improving our short game will effectively reduce our handicap, though through less flashy means.
While not aiming to deter ambitious practice on our driving skills, amateur golfers must be realistic about their strengths and weaknesses, focusing in on how they’re playing now rather than how the hope to be performing in the future.
There are several players on any given course who simply write off practicing their putts, in favor of focusing on the long game.
Until these golfers are able to sink 20 consecutive putts from 5 feet out, they still have work to do on this most crucial element of their short game golf strategy.
Golfers should experiment with a variety of putting games and drills, aimed at developing their short game from further out as they progress.
If you’re sinking 20 putts in a row from 5 feet out, move back 10 feet. If you sink the next 20 putts at 15 feet, move back further.
With expanded roll and reduced air time, every golfer benefits from having a reliable chip shot in their arsenal of techniques.
Having optimal amounts of green to strike on, chip shots are the preferred swing when looking to sink our shot quick and easy.
A low loft golf club works best when chipping the ball on the green, though in longer grass additional loft assists due to the angling of the clubface.
The height of the grass also impacts the length of our golf swing, as chip shots taken in higher grass will require a longer golf swing in order to reach the hole.
If you find your ball has fallen into a depression on the course, a high lofted club can usually do the trick, chipping the ball with a little assistance through modifying the placement of our right foot, closer to the target.
When chipping the ball, our weak arm has more control over our swing.
Looking for the air time needed to get our ball closer to the hole, pitch shots are the boost every golfer needs in their short game strategy.
Considered the nuclear option in the short game of most golfers, a pitch can be a very frustrating shot for even the most experienced player.
Many golfers overlook the natural bounce that most pitches provide the golf ball, allowing easy navigation through the grass.
With the clubhead in line with our grip in forward motion, the golf club will be less likely to get held up in the turf.
Most golfers sacrifice several shots each round because they’re lacking ability in their short game golf setup.
By improving our techniques in this area, the elimination of careless mistakes alone will cause an epic reduction in the current level of our golf handicap.
While short game alone does not make a great golfer, having these skills in clutch situations will save us from defeat and embarrassment in the event of such scenarios.
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