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.
Rather than practicing their chip shots or putts, most amateur golfers can be found teeing up their drives.
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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The most dreaded section of any golf course for many golfers, bunkers, commonly referred to as sand traps are nothing to fear.
Often the #1 contributing factor to an ineffective bunker shot first manifests in the worrisome nature many golfers conjure into their minds before ever swinging their golf club.
Having a negative outlook towards golf shots you have yet to take will almost always result in less than desired results.
Many golfers need only to understand the mechanisms in play during a bunker shot to realize these playing conditions, though more difficult than other sections of a golf course, have their own advantages to be leveraged.
Choosing the correct golf club for your bunker shot has several factors to consider before an educated decision can be finalized.
If you’re working with a very little amount of green, choosing a wedge with an increased amount of loft will be the best club for a successful bunker shot.
Using such club will prevent the golf ball from rolling excessively through the shot.
A wedge with low loft will work best in a bunker shot that benefits from a decent amount of green to work with.
Using such club in the correct bunker situation will create an extended flight for the ball, sending it sailing out of the sand trap.
Several golfers approach the sand trap with a negative outlook on the impending bunker shot, which immediately puts their swing at a disadvantage.
How well can a setup be if you’re in a horrible mood while working through it?
It’s best to approach such shots with confidence, which will be especially easy after viewing the video included above this article.
Creating a solid base for our bunker shot serves as the first step of our setup when hitting from the sand trap.
Golfers can achieve a solid foundation for their shot by twisting both feet into the sand below them, crucial to gauging the depth of the sand around the area that they’ll be taking their shot from.
Once solid footing has been achieved, we must establish an open stance that also opens up our club face.
Opening our stance and clubface to the bunker shot will increase the height for the flight path of our ball, while providing an excellent angle that will allow our clubface to scoop beneath the golf ball.
We then must distribute around 80% of our body weight to our lead foot, crucial to digging the ball out of the bunker and adding the backspin needed to solidify the shot.
After having previously established good controls during the setup of our bunker shot, we can now focus on the moment of truth - our golf swing.
Swinging effectively in the sand trap requires a golfer to swing outside-in, allowing their wrist to pivot on the top of the shot.
The severity of the pivot will vary based on how deep your intend to make the golf ball travel.
Taking a golf shot with this swing path will enable the ball to fly high while still maintaining the maximum amount of control.
As with anything in golf, practice, patience and dedication will assist in making our bunker shot golf swing less of an exercise and more natural in the long run.
Following through on our bunker shot requires staying down for an extended period of time, atypical of most golf shots taken in other sections of the course.
Stopping our acceleration upon impact will often diminish the success of our shot.
Many golfers benefit from taking a larger swing than usual in the sand trap, as the sand prevents the ball from traveling great distances despite the increased size of our swing.
In addition to setting up your swing for success in the sand trap, golfers should consider improving other elements of their swings to ensure a great bunker shot comes off.
Add flexion to your legs in order to guide the ball out of the sand trap.
By bending the leg on our trail side, we’re able to maintain posture throughout our golf swing.
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