Short Game

Tips specific to the short game


The Release

The release in golf is one of the most misunderstood concepts in the game. Golfers spend an inordinate amount of time and energy trying to get the release correct and seldom make much progress. They are generally unsure how to release the club or when to do it. The irony […]


Take a divot

  I imagine that you, like me and most golfers, when you first played the game saw the process as “sweeping” the ball off the ground with the club head and sending it on its way. This is in fact the case with the woods and of course, the putter. […]


Hit down on the ball

  We are often told to “hit down on the ball” or to “take a divot“. This is very sound advice and the core difference between hackers golf and golf as it is meant to be played. The principal characteristics and advantage of a shot played like this are firstly […]


Swing plane tip

  Here’s a useful swing plane tip for you. A lot is said about the subject of a single swing plane in golf. Certainly it makes sense to try and swing in both directions on the same plane. That said, quite a few PGA professionals (notably Jim Furyk) do very […]


Chip and Pitch tip

  Are you having problems with your short game around the green? Those little chip and pitch finesse shots can be daunting and the crisp contact needed to get the right outcome can be hard to achieve with any consistency. Here’s a tip which will build that all important confidence […]


Short Game Magic

  It is very easy on your short game pitches and chips to start rocking your shoulders as opposed to rotating them. Because these are shorter swings where the club head never ends up behind the golfer, it is easy to forget to rotate the shoulders and simply to take […]


Stop hitting it fat

  If you are having problems chunking the ball or hitting it fat, try this. In your backswing keep your left leg braced slightly towards the target. This will prevent you moving or swaying too far to the right during the swing which can move your swing center behind the […]


Use a Strong Grip

  There are some significant advantages to using a strong grip. Lets have a look at some of them. One of the most difficult aspects of the golf swing is the turning over or rolling of the forearms through the hitting zone. It is a very difficult movement to time […]


Bunker shots

  When setting up to play bunker shots, open your stance so that your feet are aiming left of the hole. Then open your club face so that it is aiming at the hole and regrip it. Swing firmly along your foot line and the ball will pop out, nice […]


From the rough

  The first thing to do when playing from the rough is to evaluate your lie carefully. Look at the nature of the vegetation around the ball. Is it soft or tough? How thick is it? Unless there is very little vegetation or very soft vegetation, set up with your […]


Spin

    We all watch pro golfers effortlessly stopping their balls on the green and sometimes pulling them back towards the hole with spin. You must remember these guys play with new clubs with new sharp grooves. They also use very soft balls. All this makes spin a lot easier. […]


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