5 Golf Tips That Will Refine Your Short Game

If you’re able to play golf all year round, you’re one of the lucky ones. If you’re not, then winter is a good time to re-asses your game. It’s also a good time to work on weaknesses. The key area to assess, we tell students in our golf lessons, is your short game.

To echo one veteran professional golfer, golf is played from 100 yards and in. And he was right. Mastering the short game is the key to better scores. Practice helps you do that. But sometimes all it takes to master a short game shot is a slight adjustment to your stance. And making the right adjustment can make all the difference in your game.

Below are five golf tips that involve slight adjustments to your stance. You can think of them as “rules” if you want

Get Low To Go High
One adjustment you can make when going really high with a picture is to get low with your legs and the golf club. A basketball player poised to grab a rebound first squats down before jumping up. Same thing. Combine this lower position with an open clubface at address when you want to really launch it skyward.

Stand Tall For Low Chips
Do you dig too deep when hitting low running chips? Try this: Stand a bit taller. Position the ball in the middle. And lean your shaft forward a bit. These adjustments shift your weight to your front foot and move your chest forward a bit. They’ll also force your swing to bottom out in line with your sternum and prevent you from digging too deep on low running chips.

Fold To Flop
Here’s the key to hitting a high flop shot: Fold your wrists and elbows quickly on both sides of the swing. Doing so not only keeps your arms close to your body when you swing. They also let you “throw” the club forward a bit. That in turn generates maximum loft.

Wide And Low
This golf tip is the opposite of the one above. Instead of folding your arms quickly, allow them to extend wide on both sides of your swing with minimal wrist action. This adjustment creates a shallower strike. Perfect for when you want to keep the ball lower.

Throw Versus Drag
Practice hitting shots one handed to learn to control the trajectory of your pitch shots. A left hand only swing “drags” the clubface through impact and pulls the handle ahead of the clubhead. This in turn delofts the clubface and produces a low running hit. After a few strokes, swing the club with both hands. This drill will improve your chipping significantly.
To hit a high flop shot, hit one-handed shots with your right hand using a sand or lob wedge. Be patient when practicing. Keep in rhythm. And allow your body turn and arm swing to work in harmony. Don’t try to “muscle” this shot. Let gravity do the work. It will feel like you’re throwing the club at the ball. This motion produces maximum loft, sending the ball up and over.
Here’s a bonus golf tip for you—one we give students in golf instruction sessions all the time:

Splash It On To The Green
Do greenside bunker shots intimidate you?  Maybe you’re over complicating the shot. Try this next time you’re in the sand: Pick a spot about and inch behind the ball. That’s your contact spot. Ignore the ball. Just focus on that spot. And setup over it, just as you would if a ball was there.
Once set up, focus on the spot and scoop a dollar size divot on top of it. Try to splash the divot on the green. To do that, you’ll have to hit the sand hard enough, deep enough, and fast enough to blast the sand out toward the hole.
The goal is to hit the sand formed between your ball and clubface, and lift it softly into the air and onto the green. Practice this technique a few times. Before long, you’ll find yourself hitting out of bunkers with confidence.
Improving your short game using the golf tips above will chop strokes off your scores and your golf handicap. Master your short game and you’ll take your golf game to a new level.

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Author: Jack

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