Is your short game falling, well, short? If it is, I have some great drills to help you sharpen your skills
around the green.
Some of the best advice you will ever get when it comes to playing your short game has to do with visualization. Most golfers are
competitive by nature. If they are not playing against their buddies, they are playing against the course or their
last score card.
This competitive nature often pulls us into making a particular mistake when it comes to the short game. That
mistake is simply attacking the hole rather than the area.
When it comes to your short game, tell yourself that the hole is not your primary target. Too often as we set up
for our pitch or chip shot, we focus too heavily on the hole as our target. This may even be unconscious on our
part, but we often do it. And what happens?
We overshoot the hole!
A better way is to visualize, before you make your shot, what you want the ball to do. Where does the ball need
to land in order for it to run up to the hole? Think landing.
This short game drill has been around for awhile and it works! Very simple: put a towel that has been folded
into a square of about one foot on the practice green. I like to use a smaller towel area so as to avoid the ball
actually landing on the towel - which often stops it dead in its tracks.
Step off the green to a position you want to practice from and using your golf
chipping and pitching irons try to land the ball near the
Watch how the ball runs toward the pin and adjust your swing or club selection accordingly.
Many short game shots require that you put most of your weight onto your front leg (leg closest to the hole).
This weight distribution allows the club to come down in a descending angle toward the ball.
Try this next time you hit the practice range: Take your normal stance but before hitting the ball, put your
weight on your leading leg by lifting the heel of your rear foot and balancing that foot on your toe.
This is only a drill so don't try this when you are actually playing - unless you want your golfing buddies to
start calling you Tinker Bell.
Do, however, focus on how the weight feels as you are performing this drill, and notice how the club face moves
downward in a descending angle as it approaches the ball.
Many shots are ruined when the player tries to "scoop" the ball or "lift" the ball into the air. This drill
helps you un-learn that bad habit.
This is one of the easiest drills you will ever hear about, but it is also one of the most powerful and
effective. It has been estimated that nearly 70 percent of shots made during an 18-hole round are from within 100
yards of the hole. This is your short game.
With so many shots being "short game" shots, it is imperative that you master the art of solid contact in the
middle of the club face. Not the heel, not the toe, but the middle of the face. Until you can do this, you will not
be able to control distance or direction. Along with this, you must also learn to keep your hands in front of the
ball on impact as you play your short irons.
This third drill is simply to practice your short irons with the intention of slowing down and shortening your
backswing. For this drill, the only two things you want to pay attention to are the position of the clubface as it
impacts the ball, and where your hands are as impact takes place.
The only way to really get a good assessment of how you are doing is to overly slow your motions so you can
concentrate on both your hands and the clubface. Once you have both of these perfected, gradually begin to swing
harder and faster.
If you haven't already, I highly recommend that you take a good look at Golf Swing Book:
The Golf Swing Book gives you a simple system that focuses on swing mechanics to improve swing
consistencey and power.
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