While some of us simply acknowledge the “need to practice,” others actually do (note: they usually enjoy lower handicaps!). Even if it’s not on the practice range, chances are you focus your energies on trying to improve at least one aspect of your game.
For average golfers, the focus is on hitting the ball longer. If you talk to golf professionals, you find that more time is allotted to improving their short game than anything. It may not be as glamorous, but low handicappers know that making a 5 foot putt is more important than adding 20 yards to their tee ball.
Why does the short game need so much work? There is finesse with a short game that simply does not exist in other shots in golf. There are drop shots, chips and shots out of the sand that can confound even the savviest of golfers.
So how can you improve this aspect of your golf game? With the following three tips, you should be on the road toward a stronger short game.
Know Your Shot
This may sound obvious, but all too often golfers think they want to pull off a nice lob shot when they actually would be better off keeping the ball low and letting it roll toward the hole. The difficult part comes with understanding your own golf g
ame and using the shot you are better at to get the ball where you want it to go. Of course, it helps to want to improve lob shots if they are more challenging for you, but you can always save that for the driving range.
Take The Right Club
Using a sand wedge for a shot in the sand just shy of the green makes sense. After
that, choosing the ideal club for a shot can get tricky. Every golfer has his or her own way of hitting the ball, and sometimes a five iron is better for a low shot off the fringe than a pitching wedge, which could send the ball to the other side of the green. Understand what you hope to achieve with your shot before taking the club out of the bag. And do not hesitate to use your putter if you are on the fringe or just shy of it.
So often at the driving range, golfers can be seen taking out drivers and hitting shot after shot or heading to the practice green for some putting. But you rarely see someone take out a pitching wedge or a nine iron to practice drop shots. The more you practice, the better off you will be. If you have a large enough back yard, you can even work on this aspect of the game at home.
For more tips on improving your short game, call 919-361-1400.