The Golf Professional’s Guide to Lowering Your ScoresAdd to My Luxx Living
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Steve Knowles, PGA
Head Golf Professional
The Captain’s Golf Course
Chipping and pitching are the most underrated parts of the game of golf.
If you can spend time practicing these aspects of the short game, you will save strokes around the green and also improve your full swing.
Why? Because chipping and pitching are miniature versions of the full swing.
These shots incorporate correct swing path, correct clubface angle, proper position of the left wrist at impact and the relationship between the hands, body and club-head through the hitting area. These are the same factors we deal with in the full swing.
In addition, if you have confidence in your short game, you will feel less pressure with your approach shots, knowing that you do not need to be so precise. This allows you to swing more freely on your approach shots, resulting in better golf shots.
Remember, anyone can learn proper chipping fundamentals with practice, discipline and dedication. This will take time, but it will save you strokes around the green and lead to full swing improvement.
Find a spot on the green where you want to land your ball in order for it to roll close to the hole. Hit a shot and see how the ball reacts to that spot.
This shows you how far the ball flies and rolls with different clubs.
Remember you do not need to land the ball on a precise spot on the green to obtain a good result. If you can land the ball within an imaginary six-foot circle, you can assure a reasonably accurate chip.
When practicing, designate a target on the green. (Use a string or a hula-hoop to create your circle) Use your imagination to picture where you want the ball to land and how it will react. Practice landing your shots within that circle, and let the ball roll to the hole. Make any needed adjustments to your circle during your practice session. When you are out on the course picture in your mind your circle and try to land the ball within that circle.
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