Teaching articles about the fundamentals of the golf short game
All you need is a wedge, a shag tube, 23 golf balls and a practice area to perform my favorite practice drill. To start the drill, I drop golf balls in a line stretching from about 10 to 50 yards from my target. (If I have more space, I will extend the line back […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on My Favorite Practice Drill
You are only 70 yards from the green for your 3rd shot on a par 5, but a big tree limb is hanging out over the fairway in front of you. You can’t hit your normal wedge shot; what do you do? I would choose to hit a 7-iron to avoid the tree limb. […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on The 70 Yard 7-Iron
My chipping set-up position ensures that I will make solid contact every time. Here’s 5 steps to perfect your chipping set-up: 1. I start with my feet close together. Because my feet are close together, I will be able to have some knee action/rotation through impact. This rotation will keep my the club accelerating […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
When it comes to the short game, your ability to control the trajectory of the golf ball will take shots off your score. Sometimes, the right trajectory at the right time will be the difference between saving par and settling for double bogey. Here’s how to hit high and low wedge shots. The Low […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Short Game: How to hit high and low wedge shots
I don’t know of a better feeling on the course than chipping in from off the green. It’s so nice to go pick my ball out of the hole and then sit back and relax while my playing partners putt out. I’m sure that most people think it’s mainly luck when someone holes out […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
A few days ago, I was giving a lesson to Shannon, a five handicap. From where we were hitting shots, she had 34 yards to the hole. She needed to carry 6 yards of rough and she had 28 yards of green to work with. In the past, when faced with this shot, Shannon had […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Play Better Golf: 8 Iron vs. Sand Wedge
(Read part 1 here) (Read part 2 here) Playing a par 5, you fan your second shot short, right of the green. Your ball comes to rest 40 yards from the hole on a hard-pan, dirt lie. The pin is tucked 6’ onto the edge of the green and you have to hit over a […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Judging the lie Part 3: Application
(Read Part 1 here) When hitting a wedge shot, if I play the ball forward in my stance it adds loft to the club and exposes the bounce (the rounded sole of the club-head) to the ground. This is great for when the ball is sitting up in the grass in a “fluffy lie.” When […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Judging the Lie: Part Two
What’s one of the most important aspects of the short game? It’s judging correctly how the ball is going to come out of its lie. What’s the most overlooked aspect of the short game? You guessed it – I believe it’s judging the lie. I have seen many golfers make perfectly good swings only to […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.