Short Game Tune-Up
Now that we’ve all been out playing a bit . . . or a lot . . . the winter rust is chipped off and the deficiencies in our golf games begin to show up and cost us strokes and turn pretty good rounds into bad one. Maybe it’s the driver, maybe the approach shots. But my bet is that almost every golfer really needs to sharpen their short game to get the most out of golf this season. Today’s post is prompted by an email from Charles P., who asked:
“My game is coming around after the winter layoff, but now that summer is here, I want to really work to lower my 14 handicap that I’ve lived with for several years. It’s apparent to me that it boils down to my up-and-down percentage – it’s just not good enough to turn missed greens into pars. How can I improve that part of my game?”Sure, Charles, as that is what the Wedge Guy is all about. Regardless of your handicap, a sharper short game will help you chisel strokes quicker than anything. So, let’s just dive into a few aspects that will help you, taking my own advice and working from the hole backward.
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Charles, there is one thing that is common for all 3 tips Terry gave - use your core! Yes, even for putting. My 2 BEST lessons I ever got taught me to putt and chip more with my core and my short game is drastically improving!!! As for the lag putting, you need to calibrate your stroke to know how far you hit the putt. We do it with every other club in the bag, why not the putter!!!
Felipe Rojas says:
I agree with bducharm on the idea of calibrating the putt. This is something I like to do, especially before playing a round. Go the the putting practice, select 3 distances (I personally use 15-30-45ft) and calibrate your stroke for that day and that course. Many times the course changes green speed due to upcoming tournaments, certain day of the week when they don't cut/roll them, etc.
Amen to #1. Not only does this take pressure off of chips/pitches but almost every three-putt by better players includes a miss from inside of six feet. If you can hit these putts, even big misses on first putts can be holed on the second.
The closer you get to the hole the more accurate the shot needs to be.
The problem at my regular course is the the practice green is not cut the same as the playing greens, and each of those are inconsistant to each other! Talk about hard to putt consistantly!
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