I tell my students to practice their short game. The two areas of the short game I tell them to work on are chipping and pitching. Everyone misses greens, but the biggest difference from a double digit to a single digit handicap is the ability of the single digit handicap to chip or pitch their golf ball within one putt range or a three foot circle around the hole. Your percentages of making more putts are higher the closer the ball is to the hole.
Sounds so simple but why do the higher handicap golfers struggle? Because it’s in the way they address the ball, it’s their setup. I have my students practice the following.
The setup for a pitch shot:
- Lean into your left side with 80% of your weight (right handed golfer)
- Knees flexed
- Take an open stance to your target
- Ball position will be off your right foot
- The butt of the golf shaft will point to your left thigh
To control the distance:
- Keep your lower half quite/still throughout the swing
- The amount of your backswing and follow through will determine how far the golf ball will travel
- Keep your hands ahead of the club head at impact. This is very important for consistency
- The 80-20 rule. Land the ball 20 percent of the distance and the ball should role 80 percent
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