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7 Short Game Essentials in Golf

How has your short game been lately? If you are like many other golfers, it may need some improvement.

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For those new to golf, the short game normally encompasses pitching, chipping, and putting. But it can also include lob and wedge shots that fall somewhere between a pitch and a chip.

By mastering these 7 short game strategies, you can bring your golf scores down significantly.

1. When it comes to chipping and pitching, there are two shots you never want to see.

The first is the fat shot, also called the chunker. This is where the ball seems to pop out but then lands a few feet ahead of you and you have to hit it again. The second shot, called the skull or the chip shot), screams across the green, stopping who knows where.

To avoid hitting these troublesome shots, you have to learn to hit down on the ball. Many golfers mistakenly believe they have to scoop the ball off the ground or pick it clean, but neither of these will get results. Again, you must learn to hit down on the ball.

2. The next essential to short game improvement is learning to accelerate through the shot. Although it may seem like your clubhead naturally wants to slow down as you make your way through rough or sand, this is when you need to increase its speed.

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3. Back to pitching or chipping. Remember, the hole is not your target. Your target is an area somewhere ahead of the hole, and your goal is to get the ball onto the green so it rolls smoothly to the hole.

4. Try to get a reading on the green. Chipping or pitching to a fast green requires a different target area than a slow green. This one tip alone can save you a significant number of strokes.

Also consider the lay of the green in relation to the pin location. Is the pin on an upper or lower tier today? Is there a lot of break on this green or is it flat?

When chipping or pitching onto a green, it is usually easier to putt uphill than downhill. Some greens may have circular depressions, called bowls. Avoid these at all costs, as they can be extremely difficult to putt out of.

5. Learn to putt from just off the green skirt. This is a powerful skill for those times when you cannot get a chip or pitch effectively onto the green. Most players do not practice this technique enough.

6. All golfers should set up a putting practice routine in which they putt from one foot, three feet, and five feet to the cup. Mastering these common distances with the putter will shave a lot of strokes off the average scorecard.

Try to practice on various breaks: to the right and to the left, as well as some uphill and downhill.

This is also a great drill for learning how to avoid the dreaded three-putt.

7. Pitching, chipping, and putting all require different types of stances, depending on how you plan to hit the shot. Learning your best stance for a variety of shots is a great way to improve your short game with little effort.

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