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Golf Instruction - Short Game

Get that short game in order! Chipping and short shots can make or break your game! Our professional golf instructors will help you get your short game in order!
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MattRistine
(Students 1)
Oct 22, 2014 10:41 PM Short Game | All Levels
 
If there is one thing I have learned through teaching a wide range of golfers through the years, it is that most amateurs have lousy short games (sorry, but it’s true). While the average amateur golfer would lament that their full swing is the reason for their high handicap, the truth is that the short game is what lets most of them down. When I moved from playing high school golf up to the college ranks, I was shocked to see how bad my short game really was. I could hold my own off the tee and from the fairway, but I was a mess on and around the greens. In order to lower my scores and keep up, that had to change. To help you sharpen your short game and bring your own scores down in the process, I am happy to offer the three tips below. Rushing the Stroke Whether it is a short putt or a pitch from just off the green, most amateur players rush through their short game shots like they just want to have them over with. There is no hurry – the ball isn’t going anywhere. In fact, good rhythm is just as important in the short game as it is in your full swing. When you are practicing your short game, work on using a smooth tempo that takes the club head cleanly through the ball with confidence. Rushing will only lead to a breakdown in your technique, and all kinds of bad things can happen from there. Wandering Eyes I’ve never been a fan of the idea that you need to ‘keep your head down’ when hitting a golf shot, because I feel like that is too physically restricting. However, it is important that you keep your eyes down on the ball to ensure a solid strike. Don’t make the mistake of following the club head with your eyes. Instead, focus on a specific spot on the top of the golf ball until it is gone. You will be surprised at how much better your short game can be when you simply look in the right place. Squeezing the Grip This one might be the most common mistake of them all – and most amateur golfers have no idea that they are doing it. When you squeeze the grip too tightly, you lose feel for the clubhead and your ability to control the distance of the shot is significantly reduced. During your short game practice sessions, pay attention to how tightly you are holding the club and make an effort to keep your fingers and hands as relaxed as possible throughout the stroke. Don’t follow all the other amateur golfers who mindlessly hit balls on the driving range all day long, only to see their handicap remain the same. If you want to get better, spend your time on the practice putting and chipping greens. This part of your game is ripe for improvement, and lower scores are waiting around the corner.
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OfficialGolfSmash
(Students 13)
Aug 16, 2014 4:32 PM Short Game | All Levels
Chip and Run the Ball, don’t leave it short. When you are chipping, first check out how much green you have to work with. Get a good idea of how much fringe or rough you have in between you and the golf hole. Think about how far you want the ball to go, and how much it will roll. Here are some tips to help the ball get moving in the right direction: -Put the ball in the front of your stance. -Push your hands forward prior to hitting the shot -Wrist hinges on the back swing, and holds on the follow through -The butt of the club will hold in the same position back and through the shot -A chippng motion, does NOT have a release in the club head through the ball
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OfficialGolfSmash
(Students 13)
May 27, 2014 3:08 PM Short Game | All Levels
 
 
Understand that the club will do most of the work, as long as you have the correct set up. This is key to consistent and solid chipping in golf. Creating a thought process before your chip shots will also help build confidence around the green. Here are some fundamentals of chip shots! Technique The ball position should be back in your stance (off your back foot). The feet are closer together and the weight is on your forward foot. NO WRIST ACTION! Keep your hands and wrists working together, minimally breaking your wrists. Rotate with your upper body, leaving your lower body a bit still. Keep your leading wrist flat toward your target, and DO NOT let your wrists break down in the through swing. The distance from the hole is the determining factor for which club you chip with. You are free to chip with any club in your bag. The rule of thumb is, the more green you have to work with, hit a higher club. For example, a flop shot will require a 60 degree wedge and a bump/run shot may allow for an 8 iron. Feel your chips shots out the same way you would a full swing! More tips to follow on this topic!
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